People take sandbags off a truck as residents prepare for...

People take sandbags off a truck as residents prepare for Hurricane Irene in Annapolis, Md. (Aug. 26, 2011) Credit: AP

FEMA recommends preparing a disaster kit that includes the following:

- Three-day supply of nonperishable food

- Three-day supply of water — 1 gallon of water per person per day

- Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries

- Flashlight and extra batteries

- Sanitation and hygiene items, such as moist towelettes and toilet paper

- Matches and waterproof container

- Whistle

- Extra clothing

- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a hand-operated can opener

- Photocopies of credit and identification cards

- Cash and coins

- Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solutions and hearing aid batteries

- Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers

- Other items to meet your family’s needs  



- Fill up vehicles with fuel

- Listen to local officials

- Know potential evacuation routes and emergency contact information

- Pick people to call who are on and off the Island in case you become separated from your family members

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