Up here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get hit by the hurricanes that ravish the east coast. Unfortunately, this does not mean that we are devoid from other natural disasters and emergencies, such as earthquakes and storms. In order to protect what’s important, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and regularly audit your preparation measures. A good starting point is an emergency preparedness kit, which should contain the items listed below:

  • Water. You should have at least a gallon per person, per day, for at least three days. This is for both drinking and sanitation, too.
  • A three-day supply (at least) of non-perishable food.
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
  • A flashlight.
  • Batteries for both your radio and your flashlight – double check that you have the right size!
  • A first-aid kit, containing personal medication, bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain reliever, and medication for upset stomachs. When auditing your first-aid kit, make sure that your medications are not expired!
  • Sanitation items. Moist toilettes, garbage bags, plastic ties, and even dust masks, to filter out contaminated air.
  • A multi-tool, that at least has a pocket knife, wrench, pliers, screwdriver, and a can opener.
  • A battery pack or solar charger for your cellphone.
  • A whistle, to signal for help.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags for each person.
  • A change of clothes.
  • Matches kept in a waterproof container.
  • Plates, cups, utensils, and paper towels.
  • Paper and pencil.

Keep in mind any other items that might pertain to your families, such as diapers and formula for a baby, feminine hygiene products, or pet food and extra water for your pet. Books, games, and puzzles are also items you should consider adding to your kit, to help entertain children and adults alike.

Need help recovering post-disaster? Don’t hesitate to call the disaster restoration specialists at ServiceMaster of Tacoma (800)339-5720 to get things back to normal.