(WPRI) — - According to RIEMA, a disaster-supply kit should provide a collection of basic items that household members may need in the event of a disaster. A disaster-supply kit can be used in your home if there is an extended power outage or it could be used if you have to leave your home and go to a shelter. During an emergency, you will probably not have time to shop or search for the items you need. For your convenience, here is a printable shopping list >>
What do I need?
The following items, according to RIEMA, should be included in any disaster kit:
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (preferably non-perishable)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Weather radio
- Cash (banks and ATMs may be unavailable)
- Manual can opener
- Disposable plates and utensils
- First aid supplies
- Bedding (blankets, pillows, sleeping bags)
- Sanitation supplies (toilet paper, soap/liquid detergent, feminine supplies, sanitary wipes)
- Prescriptions and medications
- Keys for house and car
- Toys, books, games
- Important documents
- Special-needs items (walker, can, glasses, etc)
- Infant needs
- Pet care needs
- Health insurance information
Emergency Shopping List
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Stick it on your fridge
One gallon a day each
At least one gallon a day per person for 5 to 7 days
Enough for 5 to 7 days each
At least enough per person for 5 to 7 days
Non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices
Manual can opener
The basic necessities
Moisture wipes, liquid hand sanitizer
Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant
Toilet paper, hygiene items
Mosquito repellent, sunscreen
Prescription drugs and other necessary medications
Special items for babies and elderly
Just to be safe
Flashlight and batteries
Battery operated TV or radio
Candles and matches (in waterproof container)
Water purification kit (tablets, chlorine or iodine)
Generator and fuel
They need a plan too
Supply of food and water
What do I do next?Once you have your storm-ready kit made, you need to store the items properly so they are safe to use if and when they are needed. Here are more tips from RIEMA:
- Keep canned foods in a cool, dry place. Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen or corroded.
- Keep boxed foods in tightly sealed plastic or metal containers.
- Change stored food and water supplies every six months.
- Regularly check your disaster kit to make sure all items are in good working order.
- Put all supplies in one or two easy to carry containers.
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