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Build an Emergency Kit - Week 3

Emergency Kit
Emergency Kit should last you and members of your household 72 hours 

If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. Take steps now to put together an emergency supply kit so that you will be prepared in case something happens. Plan on having these kits last you and each member of your family for a minimum of 72 hours. You should have emergency kits for your home, office, school, and vehicle. You never know where you will be during an emergency.

  • Consider storing two weeks-worth of food supplies. You may be able to use many of the canned goods and dry mixes already in your cupboard.
  • Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each member of your family – that means 1 gallon per person per day.
  • Don’t forget about pets; they’ll need food and water too.
  • Learn where your gas, electric, and water shut-off locations are and how to turn them off.

    Putting Together An Emergency Kit

    An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items that you might need during an emergency. You should also review your kit periodically and rotate stock to insure items are kept in date. It's good to involve whoever is going to use the kit, including children, in assembling it.

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    Be sure to include these items:

    • Flashlight (hand cranked preferred)
    • Extra batteries
    • Bottled water (At least three gallons of water per person)
    • Canned food and non-electric can opener
    • Battery-powered lantern
    • Battery-powered radio (NOAA hand cranked)
    • Form of Identification
    • Tape
    • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
    • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
    • High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, etc.
    • Utility knife, shut off wrench, and pliers
    • Protective clothing, rainwear
    • Vitamins
    • Compass
    • Paper and pencils
    • Extra pair of glasses and sunglasses
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Soap
    • Personal items
    • Plastic garbage bag and ties
    • Pet food
    • Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend's or relative's home)
    • First aid kit and essential medications-prescription medications and list of medications for each person
    • Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes, footwear and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
    • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

    Important papers to take with you in a portable, waterproof container:

    • Driver's license or personal identification
    • Social Security card
    • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
    • Insurance policies
    • Birth and marriage certificates
    • Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
    • Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns

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    Brian Sturdivant
    Deputy Fire Chief

    125 N. Union St.
    Petersburg, VA 23803

    Ph: 804-733-2328

    Staff Directory
    City of Petersburg - Virginia