JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With Tropical Storm Isaac's path still uncertain, now is the time to prepare.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency outlines basic supplies Americans should have on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.
The basic list includes:
- 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
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
First Coast News reporter Erin Hawley put together a supply kit from the store in less than 30 minutes for under $100.
Hawley's kit includes:
- Three gallons of water
- Two types of granola bars
- Trail mix
- Beef Jerky
- Tuna packets
- Canned vegetables
- Moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- Red Cross hand crank radio that doubles as a phone charger
- Tarp and duct tape
- Two types of flashlights and extra batteries
The total was $90. The Red Cross hand crank radio cost $30.
Remember to also include household items, such as a can opener, first aid kit and wrench in the Emergency Kit.
First Coast News