Thursday, January 8, 2009

Prepare for An Emergency: A Short List

In the event of an emergency, whether is be of a natural or man made event, it is a good idea to have the following items in place. Although FEMA now states in their manuals that one should have enough supplies for a 2 week event, we'll start with a 72 "kit" to get you on your way!

Food and Water
(A three day supply of food and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available)
Protein/Granola Bars
Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
Crackers/Cereals (for munching)
Canned Tuna, Beans, Turkey, Beef,
Canned Juice
Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters Per Person)

Bedding and Clothing
Change of Clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.)
Rain Coat/Poncho
Blankets and Emergency Heat Blanks (that keep in warmth)
Cloth Sheet
Plastic Sheet

Fuel and Light
Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps, etc.) Don't forget batteries!
Water-Proof Matches

Can Opener
Radio (with batteries!)
Pen and Paper
Pocket Knife
Duct Tape

Personal Supplies and Medication
First Aid Kit
Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)

Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.

Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children's medication etc.)
Prescription Medication (for 3 days)

Personal Documents and Money (Place these items in a water-proof container!)
Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)
Insurance Policies
Credit Card
Pre-Paid Phone Cards

Infant Needs (if applicable)

Update your 72 Hour Kit every six months to make sure that: all food, water, and medication is fresh and has not expired; personal documents and credit cards are up to date; and batteries are charged.

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