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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:
  • First aid kit and instructions
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for 14 days)
  • Non-perishable food in cans or sealed containers (enough for 14 days)
  • Water, food and supplies for your pets
  • If anyone is taking prescription medicines, keep a two week supply on hand
  • Personal hygiene items including toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer, and soap
  • List of emergency point-of-contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance, identification cards and other important documents
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid, or other vital personal items
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Plates, utensils, and other feeding supplies
  • A camping stove and/or grill with fuel, canned heat and/or charcoal bricks and starter fluid
  • Matches and lighters
  • Battery operated radio, NOAA weather radio
  • Batteries
  • Local map
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Rope
  • Dust mask
  • Cell phone charger
  • Water purifying kit
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Fire extinguisher and box of baking soda
  • 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. 
  • Permanent marker and paper
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
  • Any special-needs items for children, infants, seniors, or people with disabilities 
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Camera
  • Emergency cash in small denominations 


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