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Disaster Kit

You should always have a disaster preparedness kit in your home, as well as in your car. Keep them in a back pack or a canvas tote because this allows you to carry them on your person if you have to leave your home, or car, on foot.

A well stocked disaster kit should include:

  • First aid supplies such as bandages, alcohol, aspirin, etc.
  • Critical medication for those who take prescription drugs or other medicine for their illnesses
  • A bar of soap
  • Non-perishable foods, preferrably canned goods
  • Plastic forks, spoons, paper plates, and knives
  • Bottled water
  • Flares
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Portable radio and batteries
  • Small tools such as a screwdriver, pliers, and a pocketknife
  • Premoistened towelettes and toilet tissue
  • Jackets or coats

When preparing your disaster kit, include a list with telephone numbers, preferrably a small address book with key phone numbers in it. It is also a good idea to have a small card with phone numbers on it for each member of the family. This can be done by typing the numbers on 3 X 5 cards and having them laminated at a print shop. The laminated cards can be kept in wallets, purses, handbags, in the glove compartment of the car, at work, in the disaster kit, and in you childs back pack for school.

  • Note: Ladies who wear skirts and high heeled shoes to work should always keep a pair of sneakers, pants or jeans, an extra comfortable top, and a pair of socks in their cars, and at work, because if a disaster occurs, you may be forced to walk a long distance to get home or out of harms way. It would be very uncomfortable to have to walk for miles in high heels or bare foot.

Your disaster kit should be well stocked with needed emergency supplies, but remember, don't make it to heavy with unnecessary, non vital, provisions because you may have to physically carry it with you for long distances.

Many stores, such as Wal Mart, Kmart, and Target, have disaster kits and first aid kits available for purchase that have most of the supplies that you might need.

Always keep your gas tank at least half full because if a disaster occurs, you may have to drive a long distance to get out of harms way. You may have to travel many miles before you are able to buy gas again, and if there is a lot of devastation, most service stations may be forced to shut down and if you find one that is still open for service, more than likely, there will be long lines to buy gas.

Remember, everybody on the road may be in the same situation that you are in and gas may be a very scarce commodity.

Being prepared for an emergency is like having an insurance policy against unexpected events. You don't see the real benefits of being prepared until after the disaster.

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