What’s in your Disaster Supply Kit?

Last week we told you a disaster plan is the key to successfully riding out a storm. Part of that disaster plan is putting together a disaster supply kit and we’ve got a list of ingredients for you to make your own kit. We also know that you may have an ingredient or two of your own that you might like to share.

A Disaster Supply Kit should be created early, as stores frequently cannot keep up with the demand of the kit’s essential items when a storm’s strike appears imminent. The Disaster Supply Kit should be monitored throughout the year to be certain that it is complete and up to date.

Include in your “Disaster Supply Kit”:

  • Water (allow one gallon per person for 3-7 days)
  • Food (enough for 3-7 days)
    • non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices
      • dry cereal
      • canned fruits, vegetables and juice
      • ready-to-eat canned soups and meats
      • peanut butter
      • bread
      • energy bars
      • foods for infants or the elderly
  • non-electric can opener
  • cooking tools/fuel
  • paper plates/plastic utensil
  • Blankets and pillows or sleeping bag
  • Clothing (seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes)
  • First aid kit, medicines and prescription drugs
  • Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio (battery operated)
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Garbage bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Telephones (fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set)
  • Credit cards and cash, with some small bills (banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods)
  • Keys (house, car, etc.)
  • Toys, books and games
  • Important documents (in a waterproof container or watertight reseal-able plastic bag)
    • insurance cards
    • medical records
    • bank account numbers
    • Social Security card
  • Tools (hammer and nails, rope, duct tape)
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
    • ample supply of food and water
    • carrier or cage
    • leash
    • proper identification
    • immunization records
    • medications
  • Infant- and child-care items

Hurricane Ike taught us that having a window AC unit that can be hooked up to your generator is important. After Ike, some people in the greater Houston area were without power for up to three weeks and having a window AC unit on hand really helped to keep some people cool.

So tell us what special items you add to your Disaster Supply Kit and be sure to check out these Hurricane Resources on our CPL Retail Energy Site. We have a list of emergency numbers, games for kids and even more information on what to put in our Hurricane Toolkit!

Stay tuned for next week’s post – a Q&A with our very own Direct Energy Meteorologist!