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Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

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Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or blizzard, most people are not prepared for a disaster when it strikes. It can be the difference between survival and death and also the difference in getting life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Having a plan is the first part of being prepared for a disaster, knowing who is where and where to go to meet up or be contacted will help reduce the stress of the situation. Having a tote packed and ready to go with certain items is a great idea when you have to get out fast.

Here is a list of some items you will want to pack up in your survival kit:

Basic Items for Survival

Water: One gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; double if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing. Bottled water is best, but you can also store tap water in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. Factor in your pet’s water needs, too.

Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but make sure they’re in a form that stores easily, such as cereal bars and trail mix with dried fruit. Include some treats that have a long shelf life, such as Tootsie Rolls. Store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.

Flashlights and extra batteries: “Candles are not recommended because there are many house fires caused by candles left unattended,” says David Riedman, a public affairs officer with FEMA.

Battery-operated radio: Red Cross radios are available at multiple retailers and online.

First-Aid Supplies.

Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies.

Additional Items:

  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and dust masks — in case you need to seal your home or shelter from airborne contaminants
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Toys or other comfort items for kids
  • Cash

Also it is good to take important papers with you.

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