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Prepare an all-hazards supply kit

May 18, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Prepare your Go-Kit

Having a basic survival kit ready to sustain yourself and your family after an emergency is an essential part of preparation.

Think first about basic survival needs: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Store your supplies in a portable container as close as possible to an exit and review the contents of your kit a few times a year The change between daylight savings and standard time and back again are a good reminder.

Start your kit by reviewing the lists below. Don't get overwhelmed and budget by picking up one or two items on each shopping trip/

- Food service needs

Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day; 3 to 7 day supply

Non-perishable food that meets your dietary requirements: 3 to 7 day supply

- Manual can opener or pop- top cans/containers and eating utensils

- Juice/soft drinks/instant coffee or tea

- Plastic wrap/zip-top bags/garbage bags

- Paper plates, cups, aluminum foil

- Cooler for food storage and ice

- Lighter/matches, pots/pans

- Camp stove or grill outdoor use only

Personal items

- Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets

- Lawn chairs, folding chairs, cots

- Personal hygiene items, including toothbrush, soap, deodorant, denture care and so on

- List of emergency contact information

- Prescriptions and over the counter medications

- Spare glasses, contacts, cleaning solution

- Extra hearing aid batteries

- Baby/infant needs, such as diapers, formula, extra clothes and more

- Rain gear, hot and cold weather clothing

- Closed-toe work shoes, no sandals

Sanitation/cleaning supplies

- Water for cleaning

- Unscented bleach to disinfect water

- Rubber gloves

- Wet wipes and waterless hand sanitizer

- Toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary supplies

- Filter face masks (Dust Mask)

- Assorted cleaners and disinfectants

- Brooms, mops, towels and rags

- Bucket with tight fitting lid for emergency toilet

Pets and service animals

- Water - 1 gallon per day for each animal; 7 day supply

- Cage or carrier for each animal

- Food and treats

- Toys and comfort items

- Cleaning supplies

- Immunization records, photos

Basic safety equipment

- NOAA Weather Radio

- First aid kit and instruction book

- Landline telephone, which does not require batteries or electricity

- Battery-powered television, radio, clock

- Flashlights

- Extra batteries

- Chemical Light Sticks to replace candles

- Whistle to signal for help if needed

Basic tools

- Basic tool kit, including hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and so on

- Specialized tools for water and gas valves.

- Plastic tarps with grommets or roll plastic sheeting

- Assorted screws, nails or other fasteners

- Duct tape

- Canvas or leather work gloves

Miscellaneous items

- Spare keys for home, vehicles, boats, etc.

- Important papers

- ID, including driver's license, insurance cards, etc.

- Cash, credit cards, coins, checks

- Prepaid telephone cards

- Pens, pencils and paper

- Maps and evacuation information

- Keepsakes, significant photos, etc.

- Books, games and other quiet entertainment

* Medical equipment

- Medical equipment and assistive devices

- Cooler with an ice pack if medications need to be refrigerated

- Medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability-related need

* Disinfect water with bleach

- Use household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: 9 parts water to 1 part bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Use 16 drops of bleach to 1 gallon of water to treat water in an emergency, but do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.

This supply kit is a good start, but depending on your situation, you may need more or less items to survive after an emergency.

Another good idea is to use a container or suitcase with rollers to store and move your kit.

Emergency responders may not be able to get to you immediately after a disaster. Being prepared means choosing to be a hurricane survivor.

Source: Lee County Emergency Management



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