Prepare for the worst


We can’t prevent natural disasters, but we can be prepared. Here’s what FEMA recommends we keep on hand:

Water — one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.

Food ­— at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries First aid kit Whistle to signal for help Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-inplace Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) Local maps Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger Prescription medications and glasses Infant formula and diapers Pet food and extra water for your pet Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container Cash or traveler’s checks and change Emergency reference material such as a first aid book.

Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

Consider additional bedding if you live in a coldweather climate.

Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper — When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color-safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

Fire extinguisher Matches in a waterproof container Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels Paper and pencil Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children For more information, go to