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Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation  

Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food  

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

Flashlight and extra batteries  

First aid kit  

Whistle to signal for help  

Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place  

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation  

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities  

Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Local maps  

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:  

Prescription medications and glasses

Infant formula and diapers  

Pet food and extra water for your pet

Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container  

Cash or traveler’s checks and change  

Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from  

Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.  

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, 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.  

Fire Extinguisher  

Matches in a waterproof container  

Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items  

Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels  

Paper and pencil  

Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children


Member Comments

    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Mz. Queen wrote Jan 29, 2009
    • Of course I don’t have everything listed. Can you truly ever be ready?  Some of the items on this list are hurricane preparedness supplies and I personally don’t have extra storage space for general supplies let alone all these. But I’ll try harder.

      Thanks for sharing.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Ms-kay wrote Jan 30, 2009
    • The need to prepare is real.  

      Since disasters can happen anywhere at anytime this list is a guide for members to learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards.

      Thunderstorms and Lightning
      Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
      Extreme Heat
      Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)

      It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. It’s up to you how you use it.

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