Can you list ten items that you would need to collect, in the minutes given to you, before a crisis?
A disaster of any kind may interfere with normal supplies of food, heat, electricity and day to day necessities. Although you may not be in the area directly impacted by a natural or man made disaster, utilities and other services may be affected. That’s why the Joliet Fire Department recommends an emergency supply kit be prepared before any sudden emergency strikes. Remember the basics of survival are fresh water, food, clean air, warmth, and information. Keeping those five categories in mind lets put together an emergency supply kit for your family. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency recommends that a three day supply be gathered.
Supplies in a Container
- A battery operated radio with extra batteries
- Flashlights with extra batteries and/or glow sticks
- Non-electric can opener
- Paper plates, paper towels, soap and detergent, plastic utensils, household bleach, moist towelettes, and toilet paper
- Wrench to turn off gas or water supplies
- Extra car keys, credit card, cash, or travelers checks
- First-aid kit with booklet
- Cell phone
- Garbage bags
- Heavy duty gloves
- Duct tape
- Dust Mask
- Emergency numbers and one out of state contact number
Supplies outside the Container
- Bottled Water - One gallon per day per person, with a minimum three day supply
- Canned or packaged food (ready to eat)
- Blankets or sleeping bag for each member of the family
- Change of clothing with a good pair of shoes
- Fire Extinguisher
- Baby formula, diapers and bottles
- Denture needs, extra eyeglasses, contact lens supplies
- Pet supplies, leash, pet food
- Special dietary needs
- Medications, especially prescription medication
How often should we update and check our emergency kit?
Remember day light savings time: when we change our clocks, check our emergency kits, including those batteries. Also, look for expiration dates on any food items. Don’t forget an emergency kit for your vehicles, too.