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Emergency preparedness kit for your home

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Emergency Preparedness Kit for the Home

Emergency preparedness kits are designed to be the basis for some of the supplies that may be needed to have available when an emergency or disaster happens. Preparedness kits should be customized to meet your household's needs. Basic supplies could include the following:

Clothing and Bedding

  • At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hats and gloves
  • Thermal underwear

Tools and Supplies

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery-operated radio/Weather Radio/television
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping bags, camp stoves, lanterns
  • Cash, extra credit cards, traveler's checks
  • Extra set of house keys/vehicle keys
  • Manual can opener/Utility knife
  • Basic tools (pliers, screwdrivers, hammer)
  • Shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water)
  • Manufacturer's instructions for opening power-operated garage doors
  • Duct, electrical tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Foam, plaster or insulated coolers for food storage
  • Bagged ice to surround food stored in coolers
  • Cell phone, extra battery and charger
  • Fire extinguisher

Sanitation

  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Feminine supplies
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties
  • Plastic bucket
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

Food/Drink

  • One gallon of water per person per day, to last at least three days
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables
  • High energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix)
  • Canned, bottled or boxed juices
  • Comfort foods (cookies, hard candy, cereals, instant coffee, tea bags)

Special Items

  • Medications (prescription and non-prescription)
  • Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
  • Important family documents (store in a waterproof, portable container)
  • Board games, books, playing cards (for entertainment)
  • Supplies for individuals with special needs (babies, elderly or disabled persons)
  • Family or workplace disaster plan

Rethink your supply kit at least once a year. Replace batteries, food and water every six months.

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