No one can prepare your family for a disaster like you can, because you know the personal health needs of your family best. Get started by knowing the basics:
Create an emergency water supply of at least one gallon of water per day for each person and pet. A two-week supply is better. Strongly consider storing even more water if you live in a hot climate, for pregnant women, and for family members who are sick.
Your emergency supplies kit is not a dumping ground for all the forgotten things in your pantry. Take into consideration your family’s dietary needs, likes and dislikes, and—of course—any food allergies and medical conditions when choosing foods for your kit.
Are you one of the many millions of Americans who take a prescription medication as part of your daily routine? If so, be prepared with an ample supply of medications and the devices and supplies necessary to take or administer the prescription.
Remember to update your supplies every six months and/or if the needs of your family change. Remove, use, and replace any food and store-bought water, prescription medications, and supplies before they expire.
Invest in emergency lighting, safe heating alternatives, and backup power sources for your cellphone and home-use medical devices. Fully charge your cellphone, medical devices, and back-up power sources if you know a disaster, like a hurricane, is likely to strike your area.