August 21, 2014 --
Editor’s note: The following information is provided by www.ready.gov/kit.
A basic emergency supply kit is a collection of items a family may need in the event of an emergency. Recommended items may include but are not limited to:
* Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA
* Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
* Cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
* Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* First aid kit
* Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
* Local maps
* Manual can opener for food
* Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
* Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
* Whistle to signal for help
* Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Additional items to consider:
* Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
* Cash or traveler’s checks and change
* Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
* Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
* Fire extinguisher
* Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, use it to treat water by putting 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
* Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
* Infant formula and diapers
* Matches in a waterproof container
* Paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
* Pet food and extra water for a pet
* Prescription medications and glasses
* Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.