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Emergency Supply Kit Helps Your Family in any Emergency, Including Fire

March 11, 2011

Japan just experienced an earthquake and tsunami.  The Midwest is getting flooded.  If you live in Fire District 9, fire season is only months away.

In all of these cases, people need to be prepared.  Most preparedness organizations recommend you have an emergency supply kit that will provide all you need for 72 hours.  By that time, you’re either able to get back to your home, essential services have been restored, or you’re able to get somewhere else and ‘hunker down’.

We recommend the following:

  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Three-day supply of food for all family members (and pets)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight, battery powered radio, and extra batteries
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Extra eyeglasses or contacts
  • Important family documents and contact numbers
  • Map marked with pre-planned evacuation routes and destinations
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Easily carried valuables
  • Laptop computer & charger (info on hard drives can be irreplaceable)
  • Cell phone and charger (remember though, cell networks may be down)
  • Blanket or sleeping bag and small pillow
  • Three-day supply of clothing (BRING APPROPRIATE SHOES!  Flip-flops typically don’t cut it.)
  • Rain gear/coat
  • Laundry soap
  • Plastic garbage bag (you’d be surprised how useful this can be!)
  • Ziplock bags
  • Multi-purpose tool (like a Leatherman tool)
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape (MacGyver was right)
  • Household bleach in small bottle (purifies drinking water from a questionable source, 8 drops bleach per gallon of water)
  • Book, magazine, playing cards to pass time while waiting

Remember, you need this kit assembled and ready to go BEFORE the emergency strikes.  Those undergoing earthquake, tsunami, flooding, etc. either have this stuff or wish they did.

Check out the following links for more information:

http://72hours.org (my personal favorite!)

http://www.scfd9.org/ReadySetGo/Main.html

www.redcross.org

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2 Comments
  1. Amy Kay Lindh permalink

    We went over the list and wrote down what we are missing. My husband, Jay, is going to go buy what we need. This reminds me of Y2K.

  2. Wendy Woodard permalink

    I agree! We live in Hawaii and were able to stay home the night of the Tsunami and not have to run out for food and water because we already had our Earth Quake/Tsunami kit ready! We always make sure our gas tanks are never below 1/2 a tank and flash lights and med’s we may need for at least a week. Thank god we live in a safe zone and didn’t have to evacuate!
    Keep getting the word out!!

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