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Disaster Preparedness:  Emergency Kit


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What you have on hand when a disaster strikes can make a big difference. Plan to store enough supplies for at least three days for everyone in your household, including any necessary items for infants, seniors and people with disabilities.

• Water – Store at least one gallon per person per day.

• Food – Pack non-perishable, high-protein items including energy bars, ready-to-eat soup, peanut butter, etc. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.

• Flashlight – Be sure to include extra batteries.

• First Aid Kit – Include bandages, sterile gloves, antibiotic ointment and first aid instructions.

• Battery-operated Radio – Include extra batteries

• Tools – Pack a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, manual can opener, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, pocket knife, whistle in case you become buried in rubble, extra keys to your house and vehicle, plastic sheeting and duct tape to protect against biochemicals, and garbage bags with ties in case there are no usable toilets.

• Clothing – Store a change of clothes for everyone in the family, including sturdy shoes and gloves.

• Personal Items – Remember eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution; copies of important papers including ID cards, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, etc.; and comfort items for children such as plush animals and photographs; be sure to have extra prescribed medications.

• Sanitary Supplies – Be sure to include toilet paper, towelettes, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, unscented liquid bleach, etc.

• Money – Keep small denominations of cash. ATMS, gas pumps and credit cards won’t work if the power is out. Be sure to keep quarters in your kit to use in pay phones, which may be more reliable than cell phones during a disaster.

• Contact Information – Carry a current list of family phone numbers and email addresses. Be sure to include someone from out of the area who may be easier to reach if local phone lines are out of service or overloaded.

• Pet Supplies – Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, ID tags, medications and vaccination information.

• Map – Consider marking an evacuation route from your neighborhood.

Store your disaster supplies in a sturdy but easy-to-carry container such as a large backpack or duffel bag. Replace certain supplies, such as water and food, every six months. Keep a smaller version of the kit in your vehicle. If you become stranded or are not able to return home, having some items with you will help you be more comfortable until help arrives.

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