Plan Ahead for Winter Storms with this Disaster Supply Kit

Basic Emergency KitWe don’t get a lot of snow in the low lying areas of Puget Sound, but once in a while, we get a big snow or ice storm. Prepare yourself and your family by having a basic disaster supply kit on hand. Here’s what recommends for your basic emergency kit.

  • Water for drinking and sanitation: 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Manual can opener for food (e.g., tuna, soup, etc.)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone with chargers, including portable chargers
  • First aid kit: latex or sterile gloves, sterile dressings, cleansing agent like soap or antibiotic towelettes, antibiotic ointment, adhesive bandages in different sizes, eye wash solution, thermometer, prescription medications, prescribed medical supplies, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly or other lubricant, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid and laxative
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps

Download this handy Emergency Supply Checklist for easy preparation of your Disaster Kit.


Marti Reeder, Realtor, Managing Broker