Survival kit: Supplies for weathering a disaster

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Survival kit: Supplies for weathering a disaster

Disaster preparedness may not be a fun topic, but it's a smart way to protect yourself and your family. In a disaster, essential services, such as electricity, telephone and health care, may be disrupted or shut down. Supermarkets, hardware stores and gas stations may run out of supplies. Be prepared by assembling a survival kit to get you through these tough times.

You should have supplies to last everyone in your household — including pets — for at least three days. Store supplies in a cool, dry place in easy-to-carry containers in case there's a need to evacuate. Check and replace any supplies past their expiration dates. Adapt this supply list to suit your specific needs. For more information on disaster preparedness, check out the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website.

Survival Kit Checklist
Water
  At least 1 gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
Food
  Foods that require no refrigeration, have a long shelf life, and require little or no water to prepare, such as ready-to-eat canned goods, protein bars, dried fruit and crackers
  Paper plates and cups, eating utensils
Hygiene and sanitation
  N95 respiratory masks or comparable make
  Moist towelettes
  Alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer
  Toothpaste and toothbrush
  Toilet paper and paper towels
  Garbage bags, heavy duty, and ties
Prescribed medications and personal health information
  At least a one-month supply of prescription medications
  Personal health record on a flash drive or CD, or a written list of current health problems and medications
  Inhalers, diabetic supplies, contact lenses and saline solution, extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries, and other necessary health aids
First-aid kit
  First-aid book
  Rubber gloves
  Cleansing agent (soap or towelettes)
  Antibiotic ointment and burn ointment
  Cold packs
  Adhesive bandages, cotton balls and swabs
  Sterile dressing, tape and elastic wrap
  Thermometer
  Tweezers, sharp scissors, spoon
  Eyewash solution
  Medication for fever and pain relief
  Anti-diarrheal medication
  Antihistamines
Tools
  Manual can opener
  Flashlight
  Light sticks
  Fire extinguisher
  Radio, battery powered
  Batteries
  Matches, in waterproof container
  Duct tape
  Knife
  Wrench or pliers
Additional items
  Chlorine bleach and medicine dropper — bleach can be used to treat water and as a disinfectant
  Cash and coins
  Mobile phone and charger
  Copies of credit cards, bank numbers, important documents, medical prescriptions, driver's licenses and passports
  Keys, extra sets
  Feminine hygiene supplies
  Infant supplies
  Recreational materials
  Food and supplies for pets
  Writing supplies
Items for evacuation
  Blankets or sleeping bags
  Change of clothing and footwear
  Bathing supplies
  Raincoat
  Local maps
Last Updated: 2011-02-04
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