September is National Preparedness Month! One of the best ways to be prepared is to have a disaster supply kit ready to go. It's smart to have a kit ready with a collection of basic items your household may need during an emergency.
Even if you already have a kit it is a good idea to give it a refresh. Replace expired items and add new things you might need like facemasks and sanitizer.
Think about what you will need if:
You can't leave your home for several days.
This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last a couple of days. Remember, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
You have to evacuate your home.
Assemble supplies that are ready for evacuation, both a “go-bag” you can carry when you evacuate on foot or public transportation and supplies for traveling by longer distances if you have a personal vehicle. Don't forget to plan for the five Ps in your evacuation kit:
- People (bring everything you'll need for 72 hours)
- Pets (food, water, kennel, toys etc)
- Papers (like the deed to your home, insurance papers, birth certificates, telephone numbers etc)
- Photos that can't be replaced.
You become stranded on the road or at work.
Regardless of the season, it's a good idea to prepare for an in-car emergency. Make sure you have things like:
- Snacks and water
- Jumper cables
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Ice scraper
- Car cell phone charger
- Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction)
For more information about what to include in your emergency supply kits for home, vehicles, and evacuations, visit ColoradoSprings.Gov/BuildAKit.