How prepared are you for a natural disaster?

With all the disasters happening around the world (natural, or otherwise), now would be a great time to make sure you have your emergency kit prepared and ready to go. In Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, one of the biggest natural disasters we’ll face is hurricanes, and we happen to be currently in hurricane season until the end of November. So, if you want to be prepared for any disaster, make sure you have a kit with at least the following items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and 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, inverter or solar charger

This is just a small list to get you started – you may need to modify or add to the list depending on you or your family’s needs. But remember – it’s always a good idea to have these items handy because you never know when a disaster may strike.

The Salvation Army helps with disasters through our Emergency Disaster Services – for more information, check out our website!

(List of preparedness kit items from

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