The Better Business Bureau has issued the following in light of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in the New England region.

The BBB recommends developing a family-communication plan and having the following emergency supply kit items on hand:

Emergency Documents Packet:

  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Any other official, hard-to-replace documents
  • Contact information: Both your contact information and your emergency contacts’ info. This includes your nearest relatives, your will executor(s), and employers.
  • Will and medical directives: Add a copy of your will/living trust and medical letter of instructions (keep the originals with your legal representative). You can upload a PDF file to Google Docs for this purpose.
  • Insurance: Homeowners, auto, medical, life, disability, and other insurance agents/brokers contact info and policy numbers
  • Financial accounts: Bank, investment, and credit card/loan accounts information, including institution names, phone numbers, and account numbers
  • Health records: Immunization records, allergies, dietary restrictions, medications, medical/surgical treatments
  • Pet information: Description of each pet, vet contact information, and any important medical notes
  • Property: Car information, home purchase papers/deeds, and other home inventory items.

Supplies:

  • Water and food for three days. (One gallon per person per day.)
  • Blankets
  • A manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to provide protection from the outdoor elements
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal hygiene purposes
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Small battery-operated radio with extra batteries or an emergency crank combination radio, flashlight, and clock device