With Hurricane Irene approached the area this weekend, do you have a disaster kit ready? If you have a baby, besides having supplies for them, make sure you have a baby carrier (such as an ERGObaby, Britax’s Baby Carrier, a Bjorn, or anything you prefer handy). You may need to wear your baby and guide a toddler or child (or two around). If you are evacuating by car, you may want to make sure you pack things ahead of time.The Natural Hurricane Center recommends that each family have a Disaster Supply Kit with the following items. This is what they suggest (we’ve also added to their list).
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices /UHT Long Life Milks
- foods for infant (ie. formula, baby food)
- snack foods like granola bars
- non-electric can opener
- cooking tools / fuel
- paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows (if you need to sleep in one room with your family or evacuate).
Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs (make sure all prescriptions are filled ahead of time)
Toiletries/ Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Diapers & Baby Wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio – Battery operated or hand cranked.
Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks should be filled
Pet care items
proper identification / immunization records / medications
ample supply of food and water
a carrier or cage
muzzle and leash