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.