FOR YOUR HOME
- Ready-to-eat canned meats (example: Tuna/Chicken), fruits, and vegetables
- Canned Juices or drinks, milk, and soups
- High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
- Food for infants, the elderly or people with special diets - baby formula/food
- Comfort/stress foods - cookies, hard candy, instant coffee/powdered creamer, tea
- Gallons of water (one per person per day) for drinking and sanitation
- Batteries of multiple sizes
- Flashlights / glow sticks (Refrain from using candles, they pose a serious risk)
- A battery powered radio
- First aid kit
- A manual can opener
- Waterproof bags for important papers (house deed, passports, social security card, paper with emergency #'s)
- Dust masks
- Disposable camera for documenting damage
- Utility knife and/or scissors
- Heavy duty trash bags
- Tarps, plastic sheets
- Duct tape
- Fire extinguisher
- Light sticks (Recommended by viewer Kim Loftis)
- Fill zip lock bags with water/them put in freezer, acts as extra water and ice (Recommended by viewer Kim Loftis)
- Fill your tub for extra water (Recommended by viewer Carolyn Fischer)
When figuring out the quantity, it would be best to have a weeks supply of food for each person/animal in your house. Take your environment into account - if power goes out a lot during regular storms, it may be a while before power is restored to your home. Do you have a lot of trees around your house? Make sure your car is in a location that a limb or the whole tree doesn't fall on your car so you can evacuate if you have to. Another tip, take out any window AC units to avoid water leaking into your house (Recommended by viewer Kelley Ray).
FOR YOUR CAR
- Single dollar bills and lots of change (for vending machines)
- A gas canister
- A crate to hold items that you want to take from your house (see list above)
- A list of emergency phone numbers - family members, hospitals, hotels, credit cards, home & car insurance, pharmacies, your doctors, your utility companies
- Jumper cables
PET ITEMS FOR HOME OR THE ROAD:
- A 5 day supply of pet food
- A leash or travel carry bag
- Bowls for water and food
- Medications, if they take them
- Picture of your pet in case you're separated
LIST FOR DISABLED OR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS:
- A weeks worth of clothes (depending on where they go there may or not be running water)
- Extra medication
- An extra battery for powered wheelchair or even just a plain wheelchair in case battery dies
FOR DISABLED OR ELDERLY LIVING ALONE (AS RECOMMENDED BY THE BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ):
- If have physical limitations, build a personal support network of people who will check on you following an emergency.
- Try to maintain a three-day supply of your prescription medication. If you use oxygen, keep an emergency supply to last at least three days.
- Talk with your medical supply company about a backup power source if you use medical equipment requiring electrical power.
- If you use battery-powered or electronic mobility equipment, keep a manual wheelchair, canes, crutches and walkers as backups for use in an emergency.
- If you have a personal health aide, he or she may not be able to help you after a disaster. Talk with your aide now about whether his or her agency has a plan for providing client services in an emergency.
- Keep a whistle handy in case you need to signal for help.
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