Basic Emergency Supplies to have during a Flood

So you live in a flood zone and want to be prepared- just in case.  Well, whether you are preparing for a flood, an earthquake, or any other natural disaster, there are certain things you do not want to be without.  The CDC recommends that you have at least three days of supplies for each family member, and up to two weeks of needed food and water.  It is important to note that three days is the minimum number of days to prepare for.  Keep in mind though, that the disaster is not likely to be completely resolved within three days.  One needs to be prepared for days of weeks away from home, as officials may keep certain areas closed off for extended periods of time before they determine it is safe for people to be in those areas. 

Although communities try to provide shelters and other resources, the demand for aid may be greater than what assistive agencies are able to provide.  So, it is prudent to ensure you take precautions to provide for your family to the best of your ability.  Again, while the CDC suggests a three day supply at minimum; it would behoove you to gather supplies to last as long as possible with the possibility of inability to obtain necessities once the disaster has happened.  Now, this does not mean you need to build a bunker; but you do want to be as prepared as possible. 

In addition to water, you may want to set aside things such as canned goods, dried fruit and jerky, powdered milk, etc.  Some individuals will invest in meals packets such as are used by the military.  These can be or to mention just a couple of sources.  You could also store away nuts, beans, and potato flakes.  

Don’t forget toilet paper and personal cleaning supplies.  Some may wish to include things such as Q-tips, cotton balls, or fingernail clippers.  It is easy to get carried away with collecting supplies, but remember to include anything you cannot do without.  Investing in some inexpensive plates, bowls, and cups is also something to think about.  

If you have infants, it would be wise to include some diapers and other such needs in your kit.  The same principle would apply for pets.  Keep some extra pet food in your kit, so your furry friends will not be left to scavenge. 

If you want to take it a step further, you may want to keep in mind what was brought out about shelters being overloaded.  Some individuals may want to put a tent in their emergency kit.  Others may be able to invest in a small tent trailer, camper, or motor home.  Of course, not everyone would be able to or want to do this; but doing so may make a disaster experience just a little more bearable.