September is National Preparedness Month. Each week this month, National Preparedness Month will highlight easy-to-follow steps that your family can take to improve preparedness at home. This week, the theme is Make A Kit.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days for each person in your home. An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency or available “to go” if you have to evacuate in a hurry.
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with essential items, including items that can protect you and your family from coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, such as masks, hand sanitizer and other items recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, consider the unique needs of each member in your household, such as supplies for seniors, individuals with disabilities and even pets. For families with infants, be sure to include formula, bottles, diapers and wipes.
Store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supply kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
Having an emergency supply kit stocked with essential items allows you to be better prepared, no matter where or when disaster strikes. Visit Ready.gov/Kit for more information on what to include in your kit.