Here’s what you need in your hurricane evacuation survival bag

Today is the start of hurricane season.  Kathleen Robert with the American Red Cross shows us what we need to put together a three-day survival bag, in case a disaster strikes.

What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster.  Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  1. Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  2. Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  3. Flashlight [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  5. Extra batteries
  6. First aid kit [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  7. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  8. Multi-purpose tool
  9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  10. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  11. Cell phone with chargers
  12. Family and emergency contact information
  13. Extra cash
  14. Emergency blanket [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  15. Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:

  •  Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  •  Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  •  Games and activities for children
  •  Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  •  Two-way radios
  •  Extra set of car keys and house keys
  •  Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  •  Whistle
  •  N95 or surgical masks
  •  Matches
  •  Rain gear
  •  Towels
  •  Work gloves
  •  Tools/supplies for securing your home
  •  Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  •  Plastic sheeting
  •  Duct tape
  •  Scissors
  •  Household liquid bleach
  •  Entertainment items
  •  Blankets or sleeping bags

More information is available at WWW.REDCROSS.ORG.