The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said that families stock their home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period.
At a minimum, these supplies should include:
-- Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-day to 5-day supply of water, about 5 gallons for each person, and a 3-day to 5-day supply of non-perishable food.
-- A first aid kit and manual.
-- A battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
-- Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
-- Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
-- Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
-- Baby food or prepared formula, diapers and other baby supplies.
-- Disposable cleaning cloths, such as "baby wipes" for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities aren't available.
-- Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
-- An emergency kit for the car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.