We never know when a disaster may strike but being prepared is smart. If you already have a personal or family disaster kit, now is the time to check it to be sure any food, medication or other supplies have not expired.
In addition, since April 2020, the CDC recommends adding the following items to your kit to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other viruses and flu.
- Masks (for everyone 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes
- Prescription medications and non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important family documents saved electronically or in waterproof container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for the climate and sturdy shoes
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Keep the kit in a designated area that can be quickly accessed.