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WATER

Storing water is one of the most important things you can do. In an emergency, pipes may be broken or the water contaminated. (Contaminated means it is not safe to drink.) Store water in plastic containers. Plastic soft drink bottles are good! Don’t use milk cartons or glass bottles. You should have a three-day supply of water.

You will need at least two quarts of water for each person in your house for each day. You will also need two quarts per person per day for cooking and hygiene (like brushing your teeth). That means you will need four quarts for each person -- which is one whole gallon! And don’t forget extra water for your pets!

need to multiply one gallon times the number of people in your house and then multiply that number by three to get the total gallons you'll need. Stored water needs to be treated to make sure it will be safe to drink when you need it. You can do this by adding four drops of bleach per quart of water. Have an adult do this for you. The liquid bleach should have 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite and NO SOAP! Seal all bottles tightly so they don’t leak.

FOOD

will need a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Non-perishable means food that can stay good for a long time without needing to be in the refrigerator. It is also good if the food doesn’t need to be cooked. Here are some suggestions:

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Canned juice, milk and soup
Sugar, salt and pepper
High energy foods, like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
Vitamins
Fun foods! Like cookies, hard candy, lollipops, instant coffee and tea
Special food for babies or older people
The food should be kept dry and cool. Cookies and crackers and other items should be put in plastic bags.

CLOTHING & BEDDING

Disaster Supply Kit

Everyone in your house should have a complete change of clothes and a pair of sturdy shoes or boots stored in the disaster kit. You should also have rain gear, thermal underwear and blankets or sleeping bags.

 
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