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Emergency Supplies Everyone Should Have

Rule number one - Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to obtain a basic first aid manual.

Your First Aid Kit

(one for the home and one for the car)


This first aid kit is only one element in your emergency kit. You should have both before a disaster strikes. Store them in a container such as a backpack or duffel bag. Ideally, you should have one in your home and one in your car and one in your place of business and child's locker.

Your emergency kit should include the following (use judgment when making a kit for a child for school):

And for your car, include the following:

Create an Emergency Plan Before Disaster

Find These Hazards In Your Home Before A Disaster

During a Disaster

Water Storage Rules

Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Do not use containers such as milk cartons or glass bottles since they can decompose or break. An average person needs two quarts of water each day. Double that amount in the summer or if you are a very active person. The elderly, sick, very young and nursing mothers also need more than two quarts of water per day. Water does not just mean h2o, but can include juice and soda, although you will want to limit the use of such beverages if you are not able to brush your teeth. Safely store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation). Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.

Food Supplies Rules

Store a three-day supply of nonperishable food that do not require refrigeration, need little preparation or cooking and do not use too much water. If you must hear food, use a barbecue grill, a bonfire pit, or a can of sterno depending on the circumstances. You should carry foods high in protein and carbohydrates, but low in calories and fat so you will sustain more energy and can go longer between feeding times. If you are caring for infants, elderly people, sick people, people on special diets, make sure you look around for safe resources for them through their doctors. Keep canned formula on hand for babies. Drinks such as Boost, Slim Fast and other such calcium based beverages are great and more digestible forms of milk that come in cans. If you know of an army surplus store, order Meals Ready (to be) Eaten or MREs. They may be disgusting to eat on a normal basis, but will do in a pinch. Have things on hand for snacks, just keep in mind, unless you have also prepared for brushing your teeth, do not stock up on too much candy or junk food. (BTW, if you do not have a toothbrush, at least use a piece of cloth to wipe your teeth clean after each meal. Everything you eat, with very few exceptions, can cause tooth decay.) Don't forget the salt, black pepper, packages of ketchup or whatever you use to make the food more palatable.

Fire Safety Guidelines

Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Change batteries in each year. Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months. Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.