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Do You Have A Home Emergency Kit?

Are You Prepared?

Everyone should really have an Emergency Kit in their home. Here’s a helpful list of items that you can put easily put together for a three-day supply:

  1. Water - 3 gallons per person
  2. Canned meat and veggies - ready to eat
  3. Manual can opener
  4. High energy bars
  5. Some comfort food (M&M’s, cookies, crackers, etc.)
  6. Plastic Cutlery
  7. Plastic cups
  8. Paper plates
  9. Aluminum foil
  10. Salt/pepper seasonings
  11. Plastic garbage bags
  12. Pre-made First-aid medical kit
  13. Backup eyeglasses
  14. Prescription(s)
  15. Vitamins
  16. Medicine
  17. Pain relievers
  18. Aspirin
  19. Disinfectant Soap
  20. Face soap, deodorant
  21. Shampoo/conditioner
  22. (Disposable razors/shaving cream)
  23. Toilet paper
  24. Tissues
  25. Dental care items
  26. Flashlights with extra batteries
  27. Powered battery clock/radio with extra batteries
  28. Needle and thread
  29. Utility knife
  30. Whistle
  31. Compass
  32. Area map
  33. Pen/pencil/paper
  34. Matched is a sealed bag
  35. Candles/matches
  36. CASH
  37. Change of clothes
  38. Spare cell phone battery
  39. Baby items, if baby in family
  40. Animal items, if pets in family
  41. Important papers (insurance policy, passports, banking and credit card information, etc.) placed in a sealed in plastic bag.
  42. Emergency Contact Information: names and phone numbers; family members, doctors, and utility companies placed in a sealed in plastic bag.

 

Also, make sure to check the expiration dates and update the expired items (mark your calendar when it’s time to do so). Pack and keep everything in an enclosed plastic bin with a sealed tight lid, (possibly in a bin with rollers) to roll under a bed. The bins are sold at most home improvement stores and superstores. Hopefully, you won’t ever need it, though.

Any other suggestions or comments - feel free to suggest!

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Linda L Manning-Koziatek, REALTOR, LSA, CSA August 23, 2011 at 11:53 PM
WIth the earthquake that happened today - what was the first thing you did? Are you PREPARED?
Linda L Manning-Koziatek, REALTOR, LSA, CSA August 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM
A great site site to follow for Hurricane Irene - http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Linda L Manning-Koziatek, REALTOR, LSA, CSA August 27, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Some good advice: With the approaching storm headed our way this is in regards to your computers, TVs, phone systems, Camera Systems, etc. BACKUP YOUR COMPUTER DATA …. hard drives are very sensitive. - Unplug any of the above mentioned (or similar) devices from power. Just shutting off the switch on a surge protector does not always work. - Keep in mind that those of us with Cablevision phones, will need to keep the cable modem plugged in to use home phones. - If you are using a laptop, iPad, etc., make sure they are charged before the storm. Do not keep the chargers plugged in during the storm. - If you must power up a device, do what you need to do then shut it down and unplug it when finished. - Remember that surges can also come through the cable lines and copper phone lines ( and often do ) - Surge protectors and Battery backups do not always work as they should. - If you do unplug TVs: You may have to select the correct Input or Source to get things going again.

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