This week, here at FEMA, we have been watching Tropical Storm Isaac in the Caribbean. This storm has made it very windy and rainy in places like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. However, the storm’s path is still not sure, so it is very important for everyone in the Gulf Coast and southeastern U.S. to be prepared.
One way kids and their families can be prepared is to build an emergency supply kit. This kit will be helpful in situations that could be scary. What if the power goes out at home? What if bad weather stops you from going to the grocery store for several days? What if your family needs to leave home fast to go to a safer place?
Build a kit! We took some time today to add some important supplies to our kit:
Now it’s your turn! Here are a few important supplies you should have ready before Tropical Storm Isaac (or any storm) arrives:
- Food: Have a three day supply of food that won’t spoil. Don’t forget food for your pets!
- Water: Have a three day supply of water. Have one gallon of water for each family member, per day.
- Flashlight: This will help you see in case your power goes out. Be sure to keep extra batteries!
- First Aid Kit: You can purchase a first aid kit at your local drug store.
- Weather Radio: This will help your family stay informed of what is happening outside.
- Games: Include your favorite games! If the TV and internet are not working, you will want some books and games to keep you and your family entertained.
Visit Ready.gov to find the full list of emergency supplies (or this kid-friendly version). You can keep these supplies in something as handy as a backpack! Be sure to keep your emergency supply kit nearby, and make sure everyone in your family knows where it is.
Even if Tropical Storm Isaac doesn’t come near your home, it is still a great idea for you and your family to prepare an emergency supply kit. You never know when you might need it!