Assemble A Disaster Supply Kit in Four Easy Steps

VDEM News Release


 

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen (804) 897-6510

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2004

Assemble A Disaster Supply Kit in Four Easy Steps

RICHMOND, VA -- With the disruption from Hurricane Isabel fresh in the minds of Virginians, many residents are getting ready for hurricane season by assembling a disaster supply kit.

Preparedness is the key to survival in any disaster, including hurricanes and terrorism, and having a family disaster supply kit handy can aid in recovery. The following sample shopping list should help residents to assemble the basic items for a family disaster supply kit over a four-week period. Purchase enough supplies to last at least three days; however, a one-week supply is ideal.

WEEK 1

Hardware store:

Containers to hold the disaster supply kit (large plastic tub with lid, backpack, etc.)
Flashlights
1 portable tool kit
1 roll of duct tape
1 utility knife
1 tarp (to cover a leaky roof if necessary)
1 battery operated radio
Batteries for flashlights and radio

Purchase or gather from existing household supply:

1 blanket or sleeping bag for each member of the household
1 small pillow for each member of the household
Towels
Books or games for entertainment
1 local road map
1 set of extra clothing and shoes for each member of the household

WEEK 2

Grocery store:

Cans of meat for each member of the household (i.e., tuna, chicken, corned beef)
Cans of ready-to-eat soup for each member of the household
Cans of vegetables for each member of the household
Cans of fruit for each member of the household
1 box of heavy-duty garbage bags with ties
1 box of zip-lock food storage bags for storing important papers and small items
1 manual can opener

WEEK 3

Drug store:

1 toothbrush for each member of the household
1 large tube of toothpaste
1 bottle each of necessary over-the-counter and prescription medications
1 box of sanitary wipes or liquid hand sanitizer
1 package of sanitary napkins or tampons
1 bottle of shampoo
1 family size first aid kit

WEEK 4

Grocery store:

At least 3 gallons of water for each member of the household, including pets
Containers/boxes of quick energy snacks (granola bars, nuts, raisins, trail mix)
1 jar of peanut butter
Large cans of juice (not concentrate)
1 package of assorted plastic utensils
1 package of paper plates & bowls
2 rolls of paper towels
1 6-roll pack of toilet paper

If needed:

Purchase extra items for pets (carriers, food, leashes, toys, etc.)
Purchase extra items for children (baby food, formula, diapers, coloring books, etc.)
Purchase extra items for elderly or special needs family members
(hearing aid batteries, medications, special food, etc.)

For more information about preparing for disasters, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website at www.vaemergency.com or call (804) 897-6510.

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