Emergency Kit

We encounter difficult situations every day. For persons with disabilities, it can be especially challenging. At no time is that more glaring than in emergency situations requiring quick movement and command of all your senses. A few lost seconds can mean the difference between life and death. If you are a person with disabilities, there are things you can do to help your chances of escape and survival in the face of a disaster.

What you should have in your EMERGENCY KIT in case you have to evacuate.

1) Water: one gallon per person per day for at least three days.

2) Food: at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food, plus a can opener.

3) Extra water and food for your pets, plus extra leashes, treats, and toys.

4) Warm blanket, extra set of clothes, and sturdy shoes for each family member.

5) Baby items, such as extra formula and diapers.

6) Special items for seniors or people with disabilities.

7) Prescription medication with a valid expiration date.

8) List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food.

9) Small hygiene kits for your family with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

10) Personal sanitation items, such as moist towelettes and garbage bags with plastic ties.

11) Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels.

12) Battery-powered or hand-crank radio.

13) Flashlight and extra batteries.

14) First-aid kit.

15) A whistle to signal for help.

16) Dust mask.

17) Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

18) Local map or GPS device.

19) Cell phone with chargers.

20) Pocket knife.

21) Extra keys to your house and vehicles.

22) Emergency cash in small denominations; quarters for public pay pones.

23) Copies of important documents-such as birth certificates, insurance policies, and passports-in a waterproof container.

24) Permanent marker, paper, and tape.

25) Photos of family members and pets for identification purposes.

26) List of emergency point-of-contact phone numbers.

Reference: ReadyLA.org