What to Stock in Case of an Emergency

Former Marine, Gulf War Veteran and survival expert Tom Sciacca, owner of CampingSurvival.com, reports that the awareness and use of emergency kits, “go bags,” MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) and first aid kits has dramatically risen in the last decade, as more families recognize the importance of being prepared in a crisis.

"A power outage during or after a storm has far-reaching effects," said Sciacca, "but some of the most severe consequences for public health are related to water treatment plants and sewage treatment facilities. If these are inoperable, the public health can be jeopardized. "

Sciacca recommends canned water, as used by the U.S. military, as it is extremely safe, durable and has a longer shelf life than bottled water – over 30 years, which is the longest water shelf life available in packaged water.

Among the items recommended by the National Hurricane Center:

  • Three- to seven-day supply of non-perishable food
  • extra clothing, including rain gear
  • pillows and blankets
  • flashlight and batteries
  • first aid kit
  • drinking water (1 gallon per person, per day)
During a storm, rescue personnel can't possibly respond in a timely manner to everyone who needs help. An emergency survival kit or "go bag" provides essential items individuals or families should have in the event of a natural disaster. People who work in offices may want to consider having some supplies there in case they are unable to reach their homes.

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