Filling Up Your Emergency Kit
Once you have the three essentials, add to your kit by purchasing an item or two every week during trips to grocery and home supply stores. Your kit should be stored in a easy-to-reach place in a backpack or duffel bag.
These items should rank high on your priority list:
- Enough non-perishable food to last for three days. Good choices include canned meats, fruits and vegetables; peanut butter; crackers; cookies; and canned or boxed juices. Don’t forget to stockpile extra baby food and formula if you have an infant or toddler.
- A manual can opener. You can’t open canned foods without one.
- A first aid kit. The kit should include sterile gauze and bandages, safety pins, tweezers, a needle, scissors, antiseptic ointment, petroleum jelly and sunscreen.
- Prescription Medications. Know what you need and pack a sufficient quantity to get you through the emergency.
- A waterproof, portable container for important papers.
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
- Cell phone with chargers
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