If there was an emergecy, are you ready? What if there was a hurricane? An earthquake? Fire? Riot? Flood? Snow storm? What if sirens sounded and we were being attacked, do you even have the basics? It is a smart idea to have certain items close at hand.Think about it. As you are reading this article, what if you heard a loud boom, the power went out, your kids were at school, what would you do? Here is an Emergency Checklist and Supplies, including some of the essential items you should have in any good emergency kit.
Water - have a minimum of three days to a week supply. Count on one gallon per person (and per pet) per day. That's right, don't forget your pets! You might also want to purchase water purifying chemicals or water purification devices.
Food - have a minimum of three days to a week supply of non-perishable foods and don't forget a can opener. Again, don't forget your pets.
Cash and Important Documents - Keep documents in a fire proof safe, such as deeds, insurance papers, medical cards, birth certificates, etc.
Clothes - be sure to have ruggid shoes, and all season clothing for all members of your family.
Flashlight - Be sure to have a durable flashlight with an extra set of batteries
First Aid Kit - Make sure it is complete and that you have the manual that comes with it.
Medicine - Keep over the counter and prescription medicines in a moisture sealed bag. Make sure you also have other medicals items, such as syringes for a diabetic, if regularly used.
Radio and Cell Phone - Although your cell phone might not work, in most emergencies, news flashes and updates are broadcast over popular news stations. Be sure to include extra batteries.
Toiletries - This includes diapers, sanitary napkins, trash bags, toilet paper, and paper towels.
Tools - Fire extinguisher, sturdy gloves, a whistle and a good general tool kit is a great thing to have.
Portable Generator - You might also want to purchase a portable generator. Many times, the city will cut power to an area after a disaster to reduce the danger of faulty power lines.
Aside from these items, it is a good idea to have a family "meeting place" where in case of a serious emergency people know to meet (i.e. a park). it should be somewhere away from power cables, and other dangerous things.
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