News | Sept. 8, 2021

DLA Installation Management Susquehanna, Pennsylvania’s Security & Emergency Services provides tips on building an emergency kit 

By Rick Zucchero, Installation Emergency Manager, DLA Installation Management, Susquehanna

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Susquehanna, Pennsylvania’s Security & Emergency Services will provide helpful tips and resources focusing on hazard preparedness.

This week's topic covers tips on building and emergency kit.

Once you have reviewed your Emergency Action Plan at work and developed a plan to respond to disasters at home the next step is to build an emergency kit. Imagine you must leave your home in a hurry, not knowing when you will be able to return, scrambling to grab what you need. Having what you need ready to go or to use during an emergency is essential.

Here are some tips to assist in building a kit: 

  • Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  
  • Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. 
  • Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Some common items to include in an emergency kit are:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) 
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Visit the website Build A Kit | Ready.gov for more information on building a kit for your specific needs.