How’s Your Disaster Supply Kit?

Last year, we posted the basics of preparing a Disaster Supply Kit and what your family’s kit should contain. Why does it matter? The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially started on June 1 and lasts until November 30. The National Weather Service is currently predicting an average season, which likely means between 9-15 named storms. Even if you live in an area where hurricanes are less of a threat, there are other natural disasters (such as wildfires and tornados) that can leave people without power for weeks at a time.

It’s a good idea to build your disaster supply kit now, or double-check your kit if you’ve already created one. If you wait until disaster is imminent, you might find stores are out of many key supplies. Your kit should contain a 3-7 day supply of water and non-perishable food, as well as supplies for daily living including paper plates, blankets, clothing and paper towels. You’ll also want to be prepared for emergency conditions with tools such as flashlights, a battery-operated or hand-crank radio, plastic sheeting and a first aid kit.

Don’t forget to gather important family documents such as insurance policies, identification, bank records, and family photos and keep them in a safe, waterproof place. FEMA has even created a document first-aid kit to help you prepare before disaster strikes.

The government’s Ready.gov website has an very informative hurricane section with lots of tips about making a plan and gathering the supplies you’ll need. You can also check out our Hurricane Resource Pages.

Thanks to Flickr user Global X