Be Prepared – Build a Kit to be Ready

With Hurricane Irma churning in the Atlantic, several scenarios has it coming through or by the Boro. After Matthew came through last year, you can never be too ready.

Ready Georgia, GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Association)’s site has put together a page on how to build a preparedness kit.

Here is their list of recommended items and some other items you just may want to pack.


  • Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene
  • Food. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Click here for recipe ideas featuring non-perishable foods, manual tools and alternative heating sources.
  • Can opener. For food, if kit contains canned food
  • Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Emergency charger for mobile devices
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle. To signal for help
  • Face mask. To help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettesgarbage bags and plastic ties. For personal hygiene
  • Wrench or pliers. To turn off utilities
  • Local maps


  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food, extra water, pet supplies, toys and vaccination forms.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider adding bedding in cold weather.
  • Complete change of clothing. Include a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider adding clothing in cold weather.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils and paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

You can download the FREE Ready Georgia app here to stay up to date with the latest from GEMA.

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