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Basic emergency supply kit

By www.ready.gov/kit | | August 22, 2014

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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.
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