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Friday, September 8, 2017

Emergency Supplies Checklist

Emergency Supplies Checklist

For most emergencies expect to keep at least enough food to feed each person in your household for 3 to 5 days. You may even consider the possibility of being stuck for a week.

Non-Perishable Food and Beverages

__Canned soups with pull tab
__Canned meat with pull tab
__Canned vegetables with pull tab
__Canned fruit with pull tab
__Tuna fish sealed pouch or pull tab
__Peanut butter
__Peanut butter crackers
__Cheese crackers
__Granola bars
__Dried fruit
__Beef Jerky
__Trail Mix
__Shelf-stable applesauce
__Shelf-stable pudding

__Manual can opener for cans without pull tabs
__Water, 1 gallon per person per day for drinking.  Add more if using for personal hygiene. A 5-day supply for a family of 4 would be 20 gallons of drinking water.

Other Items You Will Appreciate Having

__Matches in a waterproof container
__Small toolkit with wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers
__Duct tape
__Plastic sheeting/tarps
__Dust masks
__Hand-cranked radio
__Emergency phone that doesn’t require electricity
__Cell phone with charger
__Solar charger
__Whistle to signal for help
__Household fire extinguisher
__Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted 9 parts water to 1 part chlorine 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!

Paper Good For Meals:  This becomes important when there is no water for washing dishes.

__Paper plates
__Paper towels
__Plastic cups
__Plastic utensils
__Garbage bags (13-gallon for personal hygiene and 30-gallon for regular garbage)

First Aid/Medications

__First aid kit
__First aid manual
__Prescription medication
__Over-the-counter medication
__Hearing aids (and batteries!)

Personal Comfort

__Feminine hygiene supplies
__Blankets/sheets or a sleeping bag
__Extra clothing and shoes appropriate for weather
__Pet food and supplies

Important Documents

__Drivers License
__Credit/debit cards
__Insurance policies
__Bank records
__Birth certificates
__Marriage certificate
__Social security cards
__Inventory of household goods
__Immunization records
__Stocks and bonds
__List with important phone numbers
__Extra set of house keys and car keys

If You Have Prior Notice

__Grab some cash - ATMs will not be working if there is no power
__Fill your vehicles with gas
__Fill gas cans with gas

Don’t wait!  If you’re in an area that is prone to natural disasters, please make sure you have your emergency supplies ready at all times.  Better to prepare for the worse and not need it than to need it and not have it!

Here are a few other sources to read up on being prepared for an emergency or natural disaster!

For those of you with pets, please also check out these two posts:

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody

Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows

Stay safe out there and have a blessed day!

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