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Emergency Preparedness Kit Suggestions

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FEATURED ADVICE: Emergency Preparedness Kit

 

 

Although we like to keep things light and cheerful at Life Answers Back, we also like to help our members by providing them useful advice. Although it isn’t a pleasant thought, disaster can strike without warning and it is a good idea to be properly prepared. Below is a list of what a family should have in their disaster preparedness kit. As the Boy Scouts say, “Be Prepared”.

You should assemble your kit well in advance of when you need it, because you never know when you are going to need it. If a large-spread disaster strikes, it may be necessary for your family to evacuate on a moment’s notice and you won’t have enough time to assemble everything you need.

If a disaster strikes, you may need to survive on your own until help arrives. A good disaster preparedness kit will allow you and your family to survive for at least 72 hours while you await help. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity.

Emergency Supplies:
Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual’s kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.

Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
– Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
– Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
– Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
– Flashlight and extra batteries
– First Aid kit and book
– Whistle to signal for help
– Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
– Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
– Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
– Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
– Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
– Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Clothing and Bedding:
If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:
– A jacket or coat
– Long pants
– A long sleeve shirt
– Sturdy shoes
– A hat and gloves
– A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

 

 

 

The above information is from the wonderful website:  www.lifeanswersback.com

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