This is an area where so many people can have a significant impact on their own level of preparedness, without a lot of money or resources. The fact is, the efforts of first responders during an emergency or disaster in the first 72-hours will be on those directly impacted by the hazard. That doesn't mean you or your family don't have needs during that time. A well-stocked preparedness kit can go a long way to make a potential disaster much easier to bounce back from.
Where do I need a kit?
We should all have a 72-hour preparedness kit at home, to support ourselves and our families. In addition, its a great idea to have a smaller, grab-and-go kit in your office, and weather-appropriate kit in your vehicle. Students should also consider having kits in there dorms, backpacks, or apartments.
Where can I get my kits?
Kits can be purchased Commercially from the Red Cross and many retailers, or can be built and customized using a simple checklist that can be found HERE.
Basic Supplies - A good kit should, at minimum, include the following basic supplies:
After that - customize your kit to fit your needs and the needs of your family.