Prepare for crisis situations before they occur. Your family should have an emergency supply kit on hand, with supplies kept in water resistant, easy-to-lift containers that can be moved rapidly if necessary. This suggested supply kit is appropriate for severe weather events as well as other emergencies.
Remember to change perishable supplies and water every six months.
Battery-operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries
Blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothing
Cash, as power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable
Extra medications and prescriptions, hearing aids and special medical items
Eyeglasses and sunglasses
Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence
Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables
Special supplies needed for babies, older adults or pets
Three-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day, coolers for food and ice storage