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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 out 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
Additional items to consider:
• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for pets
• 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 www.ready.gov
• 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.