Emergency Survival Kit

Emergency Survival Kit
Experts, such as 72Hours.org, recommend that you create an emergency survival kit with enough supplies to keep you self-sufficient for at least three days. Put the supplies listed below in a large, watertight container and store it in an easily accessible location.

Basic Emergency Kit

• Water – one gallon per person per day
• Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water for preparation
• Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
• Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
• First Aid kit and instructions
• A copy of important documents and phone numbers
• Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member
• Heavy work gloves
• Disposable camera to document home damage
• Household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
• Personal hygiene items, such as toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
• Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife to cover broken windows
• Tools, such as a crowbar, hammer and nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords
• Blanket or sleeping bag
• Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
• Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities
• Water, food and supplies for your pets

Another component of an emergency kit is a Grab-and-Go bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or an easy-to-carry container, in case you must evacuate quickly.

Grab-and-Go Bags
• Flashlight
• Battery-operated radio
• Batteries
• Whistle
• Dust mask
• Pocket knife
• Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
• Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes and a warm hat
• Local map
• Water and food
• Permanent marker, paper and tape
• Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
• List of emergency and point-of-contact phone numbers
• List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
• Copy of health insurance and identification cards
• Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
• Prescription medications and first aid supplies
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Extra keys to your house and vehicle
• Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities
• Food and supplies for your pet

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