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    Q: Why should I have an emergency kit?
    A: You never know when something is going to happen, be it a natural disaster, power outage, etc. It won't hurt you to have a kit!

    Q: Won't it be expensive to make a kit?
    A: You would be surprised at what you probably already have laying around the house. If money is an issue, start small. If every payday add a few things to your kit you will have a decent emergency kit in no time!

    From Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
    You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
    Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:


    • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and 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
    • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    • Local maps
    • Cell phone with chargers

    Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:


    • Prescription medications and glasses
    • Infant formula and diapers
    • Pet food and extra water for your pet
    • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
    • Cash or traveler's checks and change
    • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
    • 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.
    • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
    • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
    • Paper and pencil
    • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

    Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency by visiting: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/
    A couple of additional resources:
    How to Make an Emergency Kit | eHow.com
    Make Your Own Preparedness Kit
    72-Hour Emergency Supplies Kit
    Don't forget your pets! Ready.gov: Pet Items
    Buy premade kits: http://beprepared.com/category.asp_Q_c_E_120

    Make sure you write down when things expire and rotate them out before they do so nothing goes to waste
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    I also keep things in mine like flour and sugar, along with a few things that we typically go through a lot- just in case we have a personal emergency where we don't have a lot of money for food. It's come in handy a few times.
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    My aunt is so set on the idea that the world is ending her entire dining room is filled with non perishable foods & other disaster relief items!
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    I thought this would be a good thing to bump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Songtan Sally View Post
    Don't forget, there was an earthquake in Missouri a couple of years ago! Also, in your emergency kit (I will self-quote myself in the E-Kit thread as well), make sure that you have all of your important documents such as your marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc. Regardless of whether or not you live in an earthquake-prone area, I think it's a good idea to do as we do here in Korea, keep an evacuation kit. You never know what or when something may occur and having all of your papers, some emergency rations, extra clothes, etc all in one place where it's easy to grab and go may make all the difference in helping you make it through.
    Just to add
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    You have really thought that out, Rainbow. I guess I'd better finish mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatorbird24 View Post
    You have really thought that out, Rainbow. I guess I'd better finish mine.
    It's better to be prepared and never have to use it.
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