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Assembling a Disaster Kit:
Surviving on your own after a disaster requires provisions for three days. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies (for each family member). Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but you could get help in hours, or it might take days.
Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.
Basic Disaster Supplies: One gallon per person per day of water in plastic containers, store food that won't go bad and does not have to be heated or cooked (Remember to pack a manual can opener, cups, and eating utensils), flashlight and extra batteries, First Aid Kit, whistle, dust masks, moist baby wipes, toiletries, wrench or pliers, plastic sheeting and duct tape, athletic shoes, garbage bags, one month’s supply of needed medication, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, and unique needs for your family.
Notes: Make sure all family members know where your family kit is located and place the supplies in an easy to carry bag or plastic tub.
Check expiration dates on all canned foods and change out the water periodically.
*Suggestions taken from the NM Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - NM Family Emergency Preparedness Guide.
1. What Type of Disasters Could Happen to You?
2. Create a Disaster Plan
3. Put Your Plan Into Action
4. Keeping Your Plan Current