Keep three gallons of water per person in the household somewhere you won’t use it unless an emergency arises. That’s good for both drinking and sanitation. Keep extra if you have animals to care for. If the food you are storing for an emergency is canned, be sure to keep a can opener nearby.
One of the most important things you’ll want is the ability to communicate with the outside world. A hand-cranked weather radio will never run out of batteries and will give you access to information immediately, while a prepaid cell phone kept with your kit will allow you to contact friends and family.
Tending to the injured and sick may also become a necessity, and a good first-aid kit will come in handy in those situations. Buy a plastic kit that’s air tight when it’s shut.
An electrical outage is all too likely in the case of an emergency, and a flashlight and extra batteries will be relied upon heavily. Also, consider buying a portable generator.
Hopefully you’ll never need the things in your disaster kit, but you’ll be glad you prepared if you do. For more information on how to formulate a disaster plan and kit based on your specific needs, visit ready.gov