What is a Disaster Supply Kit and when would I need one?
According to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), a disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items that members of a household may need in the event of a disaster.

Disaster Supply Kits should include:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day

  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit and manual

  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper)

  • Matches and waterproof container

  • Whistle

  • Extra clothing

  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener

  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards

  • Cash and coins

  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries

  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers

You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.

Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.

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1. Where can I find a shelter in case of a hurricane?
2. What should I do in case of a natural or man-made disaster or emergency?
3. Are there Emergency Shelters available to residents in an event of a storm or natural disaster?
4. How can I be prepared for an emergency?
5. What is a Disaster Supply Kit and when would I need one?
6. What is in a Winter Weather Disaster Supply Kit?
7. What does it mean to winterize my home?
8. How can I locate my local Evacuation Center?
9. Who is responsible for human services in the event of an emergency?
10. How can I get more information during and after an emergency?
11. Who handles flood insurance and flood zone questions?
12. What is the contact information for FEMA?
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