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Emergency Kit

To Go or To Stay


There may not be time in an emergency to gather together necessary items. It is easy to overlook important items when in an emergency situation, even when you do have time to throw some things together. Increase your safety net by creating emergency kits ahead of time. Tailor these kits to the needs of you and your family. Don't forget your pets, especially if they are taking medications. Be sure to check your emergency kits periodically. A good reminder is to get into the habit of checking your emergency kits right after you replace the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detector.

First Aid Kit

  1. Prescription medications/equipment (14 day supply) - Don't forget to add pet medications.
  2. Sterile gloves (2 pairs)
  3. Sterile dressings, adhesive bandages (many stores sell small first aid kits that contain these items) Be sure to be somewhat generous. It is better to have some left over than not to have enough.
  4. Multipurpose pocket knife
  5. Small scissors, handy for cutting gauze or other bandaging
  6. Soap
  7. Antibiotic ointment
  8. Burn ointment
  9. Eyewash for flushing contaminants
  10. Thermometer
  11. Aspirin or other pain reliever. Remember aspirin is helpful as an initial emergency treatment of heart attack and stroke. Also, pets can take low dose or baby aspirin in small amounts to help them with their pain.
  12. Antacid
  13. Anti-diarrhea medication
  14. Laxative
  15. Sanitation items (toilet paper, plastic bags, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products)
  16. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  17. Hearing aids with extra batteries
  18. Spare glasses or contact lenses

Ready to Go Container

  1. One gallon of water per person, per day ( 3 day supply) - Replace yearly.
  2. Food: nonperishable, ready to eat items; pet food (3 day supply)
  3. Whistle
  4. Battery powered or hand-crank radio and flashlight
  5. Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  6. Spare cellphone chargers
  7. Extra set of car and house keys
  8. Matches (in waterproof container)
  9. Lightweight, high-insulation blanket
  10. Extra clothing, hat, sturdy shoes

Stay Home Stash

Store this near your To Go container in case you are stranded at home

  1. One gallon of water per person, per day (14 day supply) - Replace yearly
  2. Nonperishable, ready to eat food; pet food (14 day supply)
  3. Manual can opener
  4. Plates, utensils, napkins
  5. Fire extinguisher
  6. Work gloves
  7. Face masks for dust and mold
  8. Small toolbox including wrench or pliers for utility shutoff
  9. Plastic sheeting and duct tape for sealing windows and doors
  10. Chlorine bleach with medicine dropper (This is to treat non-bottled water for drinking. After filtering water through clean cloths, add 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach to 1 gallon of water. if water is cloudy or muddy, add 16 drops.)
  11. Extra blankets, sleeping bags (don't forget some blankets for pets)
  12. Rain ponchos, towels

Essential Papers

Copy important papers and stash these with some cash in a sealed container. Consider electronic backup of important documents.

  1. Emergency contact information: family, friends, doctors, insurers
  2. ID cards: photo IDs, passports, health insurance, social security
  3. Family records: birth, marriage, death certificates
  4. Medical and immunization records, prescriptions
  5. Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds/leases
  6. Recent tax returns
  7. Bank and credit card statements, retirement account records, investment records
  8. Local maps
  9. Video and/or photos of your valuables and the interior and exterior of your home
  10. Cash and change

Sources: AARP Magazine July-August 2012, ready.gov, American Red Cross

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