Having a disaster kit together is one of the top recommendations of emergency planners as the 2012 hurricane season nears. But just what should you put into a kit?
Here’s what the National Hurricane Center recommends:
- Water. Have at least one gallon for each person for up to seven days.
- Food. Make sure to have nonperishable food items for up to seven days for each person in the household. Be sure to include a hand can opener and paper or plastic plates and utensils. It’s also a good idea to store snacks, specialty foods for infants or seniors and cooking utensils.
- Important papers. Use a waterproof container to store insurance documents, medical records, Social Security cards, bank records, birth certificates and so on.
- First aid supplies, as well as items to care for any babies, special needs or elderly people in the household.
- Blankets and pillows.
- Flashlights and batteries.
- A battery-operated radio or weather radio.
- Charged mobile phones (extra batteries are a good idea, too).
- Cash and credit cards.
Source: National Hurricane Center
For more on storm preparedness, just click on the "2012 Hurricane Guide" link below, or visit Pinellas County Emergency Management online.