WHEN IT COMES to being prepared, it can seem like an impossible task to have everything that would be conceivably necessary all together.
However, an emergency kit is a part of readying yourself that can continuously grow.
Individual emergency kits should always be personalised based on the specific needs of each person or family unit that it is catered towards. Basic survival supplies for enduring natural phenomena should be kept in an easily accessed place so that additions may be made when the need arises.
Here is a list of general provisions that should be included in any kit.
Download a Disaster Supply List. You can customise to suit your needs.
Food and Water
Water – 11 litres (one gallon) per person per day (store in clean plastic containers, change every six months for freshness)
Non-perishable food or ready to eat canned food and juices (three-day supply, change every six months for freshness)
Snacks for children
Non-electric can opener
Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
Assorted sizes of safety pins
Latex gloves (two pairs)
Two-inch sterile gauze pads (four to six)
Four-inch sterile gauze pads (four to six)
Triangular bandages (3)
Two-inch sterile roller bandages (three rolls)
Needles (two to four)
Tongue blades (two)
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Tampons (large pack for multi-use)
Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
Gravol (for nausea)
Toilet paper (four to six), towelettes (six to ten)
Soap, liquid detergent
Personal hygiene items (deodorant, mouthwash, etc)
Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation use)
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Household chlorine bleach
Remember the disabled
Infant care supplies (formula, diapers, medications, powdered milk, etc)
Elderly care supplies
Heart and high blood pressure medication
Eye care (contact lenses, glasses)
Pet care (food, water, necessary cleaning supplies, etc)
Tools and Supplies
Batteries (AA, AAA, and so on, at least four of each)
Manual can opener
Duct tape, electrical tape
Matches in waterproof container
Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
Plastic storage containers
Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
Water proof containers
Passports and health records
Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Will and property information
Financial records (account numbers, credit card numbers and company information)
Deeds, contracts, stocks, bonds, and so on.
Inventory of valuable household property.