FEMA Accessible: Build A Go Kit

If your local emergency official
has ordered your area to evacuate, it is important to listen to official sources
and leave as quickly as possible to a local shelter or another safe place. Plan ahead to pack
a pre-packed disaster supplies kit, also called a “Go Kit”. Your “Go Kit” should be easy to carry,
such as a plastic bin or duffel bag, and have enough supplies
to last you at least three days. The bag should have the following items: One gallon of water per person per day
for drinking and cleaning Non-perishable food, such as packaged food Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert Flashlight First Aid Kit Extra batteries, including
hearing aid/Cochlear implant batteries Manual can opener for food Small assistive technology
devices you use regularly, such as CPAP, adaptive utensils, etc. Cell phone/Tablets with chargers
and a backup battery You should also add
the following items to your “Go Kit” based on your individual and family needs: Prescription & non-prescription medications Glasses & contact lenses solution
and prescription Cash or traveler’s checks Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, medical records, birth certificates, bank account records saved electronically or in a water-proof, portable container Change of clothes and sturdy shoes Books, games, puzzles,
or other activities for children Pet food, extra water, and vet records
for your pets or service animals It is important to keep your food
in a cool, dry place, boxed food in airtight containers, replace anything that is expired, and update your supply kit
every year as you and your family’s needs may change. You should keep your “Go Kit”
somewhere in your house that is easy to get to and where everyone in your family
knows to find it like in a closet. You should also keep kits accessible
at work and in your car, in case you need to shelter
(or take refuge) in either place. In addition to basic items mentioned, for people with disabilities
and others with access and functional needs, you need to make preparations for any additional items and needs you may require
to remain independent and safe in the event of an evacuation or disaster. Have a plan to be able to evacuate
with walkers, canes, electric and manual wheelchairs, CPAP machines, and preparation for prescriptions
that need to be refrigerated. It is always good to be ready and prepared
in the event of a disaster. You should also know where your evacuation routes
and local shelters are located. Please always follow the instructions
of your state, local, tribal, or territorial officials, and do not return home
until told it is safe to do so. For more information on
what other items to pack in your “Go Kit”, visit
www.ready.gov/build-a-kit Download a printable version of
“How to build a kit” from this website, and it also has suggestions for
how to build a kit for people with disabilities
or others with access and functional needs or your pets or service animals. Make this a family activity and have everyone
help build your family’s Go Kit and learn how to prepare for a disaster. You can also view the video: We Prepare Everyday.