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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

National Preparedness Month - Emergency Kit #5 - Additional Supplies

So we have our NOAA Radio and SAME list, our landline phone, water, and a first aid kit in our emergency kit. Here are some other items Homeland Security recommends for our emergency supply kit:

· Flashlight and extra batteries (I put mine in my emergency drawer)
· Whistle to signal for help
· Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
· Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
· Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
· Local maps
· Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
· Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
· Matches in a waterproof container
· Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
· Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
· Paper and pencil
· Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

I found a flashlight, dust masks, plastic sheeting, duct tape, and towelettes at my local dollar store.

These are the things I suggest you add to your list of things to grab if an emergency is eminent:

· Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
· Prescription medications and glasses
· Infant formula and diapers
· Pet food and extra water for your pet
· Cash or traveler's checks and change
· Fire Extinguisher
· Cell phone.

These items are ones you will be using daily or are located in other places in your home. By having a list, you will be able to grab important items without having to think.

We'll talk about food tomorrow.

Related Posts: National Preparedness Month - Making a Plan, National Preparedness Month - Determining Potential Emergencies, National Preparedness Month - Emergency Kit #1: NOAA Radio, National Preparedness Month - Emergency Kit #2: Landline Phone, National Preparedness Month - Emergency Kit #3 - Water, National Preparedness Month - Emergency Kit #4 - First Aid Kit

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