Build Your Emergency Basic Supply Kit

Disasters hit rapidly and often unexpectedly. Life can suddenly be turned around when basic services, similar to water, electricity, gas, sewage treatment, and telephones are suddenly cut off. You may have to drop everything and move rapidly to get someplace safe.

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Help workers will be on the scene as soon as they SANITÄR & Heizung NOTFALL can but even assuming they start working immediately, chances are that they will not get to you for several days.

You need to have your own basic supplies available and ready to get you safely through the crisis. FEMA recommends that you plan to take care of yourself for at least 3 and preferably 7 days before help comes.

Your crisis supply kit

Fabricate or purchase a crisis supply kit that works for you. At a minimum, here is what it should include:


This will be your first concern. FEMA says you will need one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitary needs.

You should have sufficient water for at least three days. That means a minimum of three gallons of water for each person your kit will support. (On the off chance that you plan to carry 16 oz. bottled water for example, you will need a total of 12 bottles for each person.)

Carrying this much water may seem daunting but it can make a huge contrast to your safety and comfort during a crisis.

You may also want to include a small water siphon in your kit. You can use this to refine water from the tap or other sources. Another alternative is to use water purification tablets to make water safe to drink.


Plan to carry at least a three day supply of non-perishable food. Consider calories, nutrition, ease of preparation, and weight while selecting nourishment for your kit.

Cookies and easy-to-eat snacks may carry you through at first, but they won’t maintain your energy more than several days.

Assuming that you choose to use canned food, make sure to pack a can opener. This can be a decent minimal expense alternative, but will add to the weight you must carry.

Many companies sell a variety of relatively tasty and nutritious dehydrated meals. These are light to carry, but often require water and a heat source to prepare.

You can also purchase MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat). These are compact packages containing all the food you will need for a day. They are basically the same as rations used in the U.S. Military and are formulated to be nutritional and have an adequate number of calories to keep a grown man going under strenuous conditions. MREs today come in a variety of flavors and include tasty treats, such as cookies and M&m’s.


Include a battery fueled or hand-crank radio and a NOAA weather radio. Have extra batteries for both.

Electricity and telecommunications are often the first things to go during a disaster.

The radio will help you get local announcements and stay current with what is happening. The NOAA weather radio is your best source of alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the agency that tracks weather events and sends out alerts for everything from earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes and tornadoes.

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