University of Illinois Extension

Are You Emergency-Ready?

Disasters can strike at any time. People who live near rivers know about flooding. A chemical spill along a highway can force evacuations. And, tornadoes are all too common in Illinois. Is your family prepared for a disaster?

One thing you can do is put together a disaster kit. A covered trash can or storage container works well for a home kit. Keep items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container like a duffel bag or backpack.

There are six basics you should stock for your home: water; food; first aid supplies; clothing and bedding; tools and emergency supplies; and personal and sanitary supplies.

Store at least a three-day supply of food and water per person. Store water in clean, plastic bottles or jugs. Allow for one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking and two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation.)

Food items should include non-perishables like ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables. Also include a non-electric can opener. For more information on preparing a disaster kit, contact the U of I Extension office or the website: