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How to Put Together an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Posted by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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Here are the items that should be in your kit, this list comes directly from FEMA.

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
  • Cash and coins.
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Depending on your climate, this items might come in handy too…

  • Jacket or coat.
  • Long pants.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person)

As important as it is to have an emergency kit, don’t forget to do these things to maintain your kit…

  • Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is cool.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
  • Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented, or corroded.
  • Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies.
  • Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
  • Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs change.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trashcan, camping backpack, or duffel bag.
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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Linds2Horse
by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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....and don't forget to refresh the items every few months.  When we buy new water, batteries, soup, etc for regular use, we put it in our disaster supply, and then remove the older items from our disaster supply to consume right away.

SassyWildflower
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Great post!!
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ZakkarysMom
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Not to sound dumb..but..what emergencies are we talking about?
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HisSweetheart07
by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:53 PM

 any type of emergency..... hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires, etc

Quoting ZakkarysMom:

Not to sound dumb..but..what emergencies are we talking about?

 

AnGLInterrupted
by Kendall on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Thanks for the information!!  :)

inmybizz
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

We live in hurricane area so we stay prepared..We also have a generator- really came in handy the last storm when the city lost power.

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