Ready for the Storms? The 13 Things You Need in a Disaster Kit

We have several Tropical Depressions in the Atlantic and also Hurricane Florence is expected to slam the East Coast later this week. So this is a good a time as any to talk about disaster kits. A new survey found two-thirds of homeowners don’t feel prepared for a natural disaster . . . 60% don’t have a plan in place . . . and 45% don’t know what kind of supplies they should have on hand. So here are the 13 basic things every disaster kit should have . . .
  • Water, at least three gallons per person
  • a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • a flashlight
  • a portable radio to listen for updates
  • extra batteries for both
  • a first aid kit
  • a whistle in case you need to signal for help . . .
  • Dust masks
  • plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • sanitation supplies, like garbage bags and moist towelettes
  • a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • a manual can opener
  • and at least one map of the area, in case your GPS goes out.
A few OTHER good things to think about are
  • an extra pair of glasses
  • an extra battery for your phone
  • food and water for your pets
  • extra blankets and clothes
  • matches or a lighter
  • a fire extinguisher
  • and CASH.
And if you know there’s a potential disaster coming, make sure you’re stocked up on any prescription meds you might need. (See more here.) ( / PR Newswire)