Experts suggest having three emergency kits: one at home, a small one at work and a few basic supplies in the car. Pick up a few items on the list every time you go shopping.
Food and water
n One gallon of water per person per day (Store a week’s supply. Do not use milk jugs; 2-liter soda bottles can be used if they are thoroughly cleaned and filled to the top.)
n A backcountry water-filtering device or a bottle of unscented liquid chlorine bleach to purify water (16 drops per gallon or eight drops per 2-liter bottle right before you use it, NOT before you store it)
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n Nonperishable food
n Can opener
n Pet food
First aid and hygiene
n First aid handbook
n Bandages in a variety of sizes, gauze, bandaging tape, surgical gloves
n Portable supply of prescription drugs and special supplies, such as oxygen or hearing-aid batteries
n Moist towelettes
n Toilet paper
n Baby and feminine hygiene items
Shelter and clothing
n Camp stove and fuel
n Sleeping bags, blankets
n Sturdy shoes, hat
n Boy Scout Handbook for “how-to” instructions
n Flashlight, batteries
n Battery-operated radio
n Crowbar, handsaw, sledgehammer
n Work gloves, goggles, dust masks
n Plastic sheeting or tarps
n Duct tape, rope
n Fire extinguisher with ABC rating
n Candles, matches
n A loud whistle to signal for help
n Photocopies of credit cards, driver licenses, birth certificates, bank information and account numbers, other official identification
n Store the items in plastic boxes that are waterproof and pest-proof. Stash emergency supplies somewhere you can easily grab them on your way out.
n Replenish kits annually. Restock as family’s needs change.