Now that hurricane season has arrived, particular items and actions are imperative to prepare for the upcoming storms.
The Red Cross has assembled a list of necessary supplies in a survival kit. Take time now to check your survival kit with the Red Cross list below.
Waiting could be detrimental and cost lives in addition to livelihoods.
Survival kit necessities:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- Deluxe family first aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area.
Potential extra supplies, depending on your family needs:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Two-way radios
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Manual can opener.
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit:
- N95 or surgical masks
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Household liquid bleach
- Entertainment items
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
To learn about the various products United Tool and Fastener (UTF) sells relating to hurricane preparedness and survival kits, including N95 masks, first-aid kits, duct tape, bottled water, the REED Pumpstick cordless water pump, Generac Generators, and batteries, contact a UTF showroom in Houston at 713-692-2323; in San Antonio at 210-495-8665; or in College Station at 979-731-8665.