When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it’s best to think first about the basics of survival: Fresh water, Food, Clean air, and Warmth.
Recommend items to include in a Basic Emergency Supply kit:
Water-one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days. (Drinking & Sanitation)
Food-at least a 3 day supply of non perishable food; Infant formula if needed.
Personal toiletries including feminine hygiene
Can opener for food; plastic trash bags with ties, hand sanitizer, diapers if needed
Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather radio with tone; extra batteries for each
Flash light(s) one per family at least with 2 sets of batteries for each flashlight: may also want to consider a crack flashlight as well.
First Aid Kit with First Aid book and All Prescription Medicines; glasses and other items necessary
Whistle and Flares to signal for help
Map of local areas etc…
Additional Items that can be considered in an Emergency Supply Kit:
If you have pets you will want to include the same amount of food, water & medications, for each pet.
Family documents: Copies of Insurance Policies, Bank Account, Passports or Identification records, Marriage & Birth certificates, Medical information, and any other documents necessary. May take photos of everything yearly to keep up for Insurance if damages occur. Keep in fireproof, waterproof, and portable container.
Travelers Checks…Change for toll ways or payphones.
Blankets, Sleeping bags, or bedding –especially in colder places.
Complete change of clothing for each member of the family: Include long sleeve, shot sleeve, long pants, socks, and sturdy shoes.
Non Scented Bleach. When diluted can be used as a disinfectant or water treatment.
Matches, lighters, candles, sterno’s, in a waterproof container.
Paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels, toilet paper.
Paper, pens, pencils and permanent marker.
Disposable cameras to take photos of damage as documentation.
Sunscreen, insect repellant and hats if possible.
Utility tools: assorted knives, screwdriver, hammer and axe.
Fix a flat
Sentimental Items: (Some people want to pack these along with the survival items.)
Photos Albums and Videos
NOTE: Protect all items from water and other environmental elements. Store items inside plastic bags inside the kit and then make sure the kit is waterproof as much as possible. Store the kit in a clean and dry area that is easy to access in an Emergency!
Remember that in a true disaster or emergency all these items are great but YOUR LIFE is the most important!
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