You’ve thought about building an emergency kit, but you’ve been putting it off. Well, in an emergency, a kit can be a lifesaver. So, it’s time to stop procrastinating and to start preparing your kit.
Basically, an emergency kit is a collection of basic items that you?d need in an emergency. Most likely, once an emergency situation occurs, you won’t have time to shop or collect these items. The rule of thumb is to have supplies in your kit that will last you three days. Here are some tips for emergency kit essentials.
Basic Supply Kit
- Water: A gallon of water per person, per day
- Non-perishable Food
- Manual Can Opener
- Flashlight Batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle: To signal for help.
- Local Maps
- Cell Phone Charger: Inverter or solar charger
- Wrench or Pliers: To turn off utilities
- Battery-Powered Radio
- NOAA Weather Radio with Tone Alert
- Batteries for Radios
- Dust Mask: Helps filter contaminated air
- Plastic Sheeting
- Duct Tape
- Moist Towelettes
- Garbage Bags & Plastic Ties
Great! Now that you have a basic kit, here are some additional items to consider.
More Advanced Kit
- Prescription Medications
- Prescription Glasses
- Infant Formula & Diapers
- Pet Food & Water
- Cash, Change, or Travelers Checks
- Important Family Documents: Insurance polices, identification, and bank account records. Put these in a waterproof, portable container.
- First Aid Book
- Sleeping Bag
- Complete Change of Clothes: According to the climate you live in.
- Sturdy Shoes
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches (in waterproof container)
- Feminine Supplies
- Paper & Pencil
- Paper Cups, Paper Plates, Plastic Utensils, etc.
- Books, Games, Puzzles, etc.
- Household Chlorine Bleach & Medicine Dropper: When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Of course, we never want to be in an emergency situation. However, it’s best to always be prepared. For more information on emergency preparedness, go to Ready.Gov.
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