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Basic Emergency Kit & Evacuation Kit
After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location. Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily. 

Your basic emergency kit should include:
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for 14 days)
  • Non-perishable food in cans or sealed containers (enough for 14 days)
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Plates, utensils, and other feeding supplies
  • First aid kit and instructions
  • If anyone is taking prescription medicines, keep a two week supply on hand
  • A copy of important documents and phone numbers
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Disposable camera
  • Water purifying kit
  • Matches and lighters
  • A camping stove and/or grill with fuel, canned heat and/or charcoal bricks and starter fluid
  • Fire extinguisher and box of baking soda
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer, and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and utility knife for covering 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
  • Battery operated radio, NOAA weather radio
  • Cell phone with extra batteries, charger etc.
  • Any special-needs items for children, infants, seniors, or people with disabilities (don’t forget water and supplies for your pets)

A component of your disaster kit is your go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly. Prepare one go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety. 

Your basic go-bag should include:
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (battery operated)
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Rope
  • Dust mask
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, a warm hat, and towels
  • Local map
  • Some water and food
  • Permanent marker, paper, and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of emergency 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 (don’t forget to make a go-bag for your pets)


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