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  • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air. Consider the following comprehensive list of items for your emergency preparedness kit:

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  •  Clothing and Bedding

    • Warm clothing – jacket, long-sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, hat, gloves
    • Sleeping bag, pillow warm blanket – one per person
    • Rain gear
    • Large-brimmed hat

     First Aid Essentials

    • First aid manual
    • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes, paper tape, elastic bandage, splints
    • Antibiotic ointment, laxatives, petroleum jelly, syrup of ipecac, rubbing alcohol/hydrogen peroxide, antacid
    • Cotton balls, swabs
    • Scissors, tweezers
    • Non-mercury thermometer
    • Non-prescription pain reliever (non-aspirin for children)
    • Anti-diarrhea medicine, oral rehydration salts

     Food and Water

    • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
    • Food (nutritious and nonperishable)
      • Canned/packaged meats, fish
      • Canned/packaged fruits, vegetables
      • Canned or boxed soups
      • Canned or boxed juices
      • Nuts
      • Cereal
      • Pasta
      • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, cooking spray)
      • High-energy/calorie-packed foods ( protein/snack bars, peanut butter)
      • Packaged nonperishable mild or soymilk, powdered milk
      • Comfort foods (instant coffee/tea bags, treats)
      • Foods for persons on special diets
      • Vitamins
      • Baby formula, food

     Household Items

    • Hand-crank radio or battery radio, extra batteries
    • Hand-crank flashlight or battery flashlight, extra batteries
    • Whistle, signal flare, light sticks
    • Tools – wrench, pliers, screwdriver, shovel, utility knife, nylon cord, heavy string
    • Work gloves
    • Matches, in waterproof container
    • Fire extinguisher, A-B-C-type
    • Plastic sheeting, duct tape
    • Local map with evacuation route
    • Disposable camera to document damages
    • Corded telephone with long cord
    • Cell phone charger
    • Extension cord

     Kitchen Items

    • Manual can opener
    • Garbage bags, ties
    • Liquid detergent
    • Dishes, utensils
    • All-purpose knife
    • Paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic wrap and plastic bags

     Personal Items

    • Prescription medications, extra eyeglasses/contact lenses
    • Family documents in a fireproof and waterproof portable container
      • Copies of insurance policies
      • Legal documents
      • Identification/passports
      • Bank account records
      • Copies of credit cards
      • Family contact information
      • Health records
      • Photos of all family members
    • Cash, change
    • Paper, pen, envelopes, postage stamps
    • Books, toys, playing cards, games, puzzles
    • Sewing kit

     Pet Supplies

    • Pet food in sturdy container
    • Cat litter
    • Large capacity self-feeding water dispenser
    • Leash, collar, identification tags
    • Pet medications
    • Pet records and photo

     Sanitation and hygiene

    • Soap, hand sanitizer, moist towelettes
    • Toilet paper
    • Toothpaste, toothbrush
    • Feminine supplies, personal hygiene items
    • Diapers, baby supplies
    • Water purification tablets
    • Plastic bucket with tightly fitted lid


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