Natural disasters are fairly common place these days. With hurricanes, tornados, landslides and everything in between, it is important that your family be prepared. Here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors we want to help keep your family safe by helping you put together a family emergency kit.
A good emergency kit will have supplies that can sustain your family for up to three days following an evacuation or disaster:
- Water – As a general rule of thumb, you should have one gallon of water per person, per day
- Non-perishable food – A three day supply , remember the can opener!
- Flash light and extra batteries
- Battery powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
- First aid kit – Band-Aids, gauze, medical tape, ibuprofen or aspirin, icepack, anti-biotic ointment, vinyl gloves, etc.
- Hand sanitizer or wipes
- Matches (in a waterproof container) or lighter
- Whistle – to signal for help, if need be
- Clothing and blankets for each member of the family – bear in mind what kind of weather you are likely to be dealing with when you pack up
Other items to consider including in your emergency kit:
- Extra cash
- Paper, pencil and notebook
- Personal hygiene items, including feminine supplies
- Emergency reference materials, like a first aid book
- Medicine dropper
It is also important to remember to have copies of all your important documents. We recommend keeping an electronic version of all your documents either stored on a secure online site, or on a password protect flash drive or external hard drive. If you plan on taking the hard copies with you, they should be stored in a water-proof container.
- Insurance policies (Home, Auto, Life)
- State issued identification and/or passport
- Bank account records
- Most recent federal and state tax returns
- Birth and marriage certificates
- Stock and bond certificates
Can you think of anything we’ve missed? Let us know!
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