When you have to leave your home quickly in the event of a disaster, you never know if you will be able to return within a few hours, or a few days. To make sure you are prepared, it is always important to have two kits on hand for emergencies.
Some important things to keep in mind:
• Keep these kits easily accessible in your apartment or house.
• Include the location on your emergency plan.
• Check for expired items twice a year at daylight savings time.
• Purchase a few things each week to reduce costs.
• Keep smaller versions of these kits in your car.
Everyone will need different things, but here are some ideas to help you get started:
Go Bag (Short-term, less than 24-hours)
• NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
• Three-day supply of medications & list of dietary needs
• Copy of ID and any other important cards
• Money (ATM’s may be down in an emergency)
• Extra eyeglasses
• Family Communication Plan
• Cell phone charger
• First aid kit
• Flashlight & extra batteries
Kit (Long-term, up to 72-hours)
• Everything listed in the Go Bag, plus:
• Three gallons of water per person
• Canned or dried meat & vegetables, soup, dry cereal, & Gatorade
• Folding stove
• Utility knife, pliers, & wrench
• Fire extinguisher
• Masks and work gloves for each person
• Personal hygiene supplies (toilet paper, plastic bags, plastic bucket with tight lid, chlorine bleach, soap, disinfectant)
• Pillow & blanket
For more information on building a kit, go to www.ready.wi.gov
Put together two disaster supply kits, one short-term and one long-term.
Things to Do:
Always keep an NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards plugged in.
Make a toolkit for short-term and long-term emergencies.
Remember the 3 P’s: pills, purses (money), and pets.
Add one or two items each week to reduce the expense.
Check the kit for expired items twice a year during daylight savings time.
Caregivers – How can you get involved?
Know where your loved one’s kit is located and indicate this on your emergency plan so your contacts know as well.
Consider including duplicates of the items your loved one needs in your kit.