Seems like most folks I talk with about disaster prep sooner or later ask for a list. At that point in the conversation I usually do one of two things. I tell them to just imagine not being able to go to the store for a long period of time. What would you need to get by? It’s a little like planning a camping trip, what are you going to need? Make a list then lay in some supplies that would see you through most emergencies. The other option is to refer them to www.ready.gov or www.redcross.org. Both websites have excellent lists and suggestions for getting your kit together.
But for those who need that list right now, here’s a good starter:
1. Water-at least a gallon per day per person.
2. Food-a three day supply of non-perishable food, (more is even better)
3. Radio-battery powered or hand-crank and a NOAA weather radio. Batteries for both
4. Flashlight and extra batteries (lots of batteries, and don’t forget bulbs).
5. First aid kit.
6. Whistle-to signal for help
7. Moist towelettes, five gallon cans and garbage bags for sanitation purposes. (Eeeew) The term “bucket seat” takes on a whole new meaning.