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It’s that time of year again — natural diasters are at the height of affecting the live of thousands of Americans across the United States. At Mercury One, we will not sit by. When disaster strikes, we are the first ones on the ground alongside our partners to assist in rescue and relief efforts.

As we enter natural disaster season, we want to make sure that Mercury One supporters all over the country in disaster-prone areas are prepared if a natural disaster arises. Mercury One’s disaster relief partner Team Rubicon put thogether a disaster preparedness checklist to hlep prepare our supporters for any natural disaster. Keep these items on hand — if a disaster strikes, this checklist could save your life:

  • Water
    • One gallon per person, per day. 
  • Non-perishable Food
    • Four days worth of packaged or canned foods with a can opener. Examples include peanut butter, ready-to-eat canned meat, frutit & veggies, protein and fruit bars, dried fruit, crackers, nuts, and dry cereal. 
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • NOAA Hand-crank Radio
  • Warm Blanket
    • One per person. Sleeping bags are another alternative. 
  • Change of Clothes
    • One set per person. Shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Consider additional layers if you live in a colder climate. 
  • Personal Hygiene Items
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, a moist towelette, etc. Be sure to also include items like toilet paper and garbage bags. 
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Copies of Important Documents & Emergency Cash

If you have children, be prepared to have some additional items in your disaster kit:

  • A favorite suff animal or toy
  • Entertainment kit
  • Infant formula and/or baby food
  • Wipes and diapers

Whether you evacuate or shelter in place make sure you have a plan in place for your pets. These are the essential items that should be in your pet’s disaster preparedness kit:

  • Five days worth of food and water
  • Food and water bowls 
  • Medications and copy of medical records
  • Sturdy leash, harness and/or carrier
  • Current photo of you with your pet(s) and description of you pet(s). 

How long should the supplies in my kit last?
Please note that you should be ready to take care of yourelf and/or other family members for at least 96 hours after a diaster strikes. Make sure to pack your kit accordingly.

Where should I keep my disaster prearedness kit?
Your kit should be stored in a portable container so it can easily be taken with you in the evant of evacuation. Some examples are

  • Backpack
  • Duffel Bag
  • Durable waterproof bin

Does my disaster preparedness kit require any upkeep or maintenance?
Yes, you should schedule periodic maintenance foryour kit to ensure items are being utilized before they expire. For example, refresh food items, bottled water, and batteries every daylight savings time.

Using this helpful checklist to create your own disaster preparedness kit will ensure your safety and survival during any natural diaster. For a printable version of Team Rubicon’s checklist please click here.


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