Emergency preparedness kits - what to include

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all Americans prepare a basic emergency supply kit to prepare for potential emergencies including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.  In the event of such an emergency, you may need to live on your own until basic utilities are restored or emergency response teams can reach you. 

FEMA recommends that all Americans gather enough supplies to survive for at least three days, and they've put together a nice list of recommended items to include.

Basic list of items to include in an emergency preparedness kit: 
  1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
  2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both 
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries
  5. First aid kit
  6. Whistle to signal for help
  7. Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  10. Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  11. Local maps

Check out FEMA's Emergency Supply List for suggestions of other items to include. It's a great resource and includes important supplies that you might not normally consider on your own. 

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