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Create an emergency pack or kit

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says when preparing for an emergency situation, start with the basics of survival: clean water, food, clean air and warmth.

The following lists will help you Be Prepared for times of emergency.

Family Emergency Kit

If you must evacuate your home with little notice …

  • Three-day supply of water
  • Nonperishable foods (including pet food) and a nonelectric can opener
  • Eating utensils
  • Special foods for any dietary restrictions, including baby foods
  • Family first-aid kit
  • Battery- or cranked-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries (rotate these out regularly so they don’t go stale in your closet)
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Blanket or sleeping bag for each family member
  • Extra clothing
  • Face masks for air filtering
  • Soap, wipes, antibacterial gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Copies of important family documents in waterproof containers
  • Signal whistle
  • Local maps
  • Cash

Major Disaster Preparedness Items

If you can safely stay in your home during an emergency …

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tool kit (with ax, shovel, broom, screwdriver, pliers, hammer, coil of rope, coil of bailing wire, duct tape, razor blades, adjustable wrench for turning off gas or water)
  • Chart showing location of shutoff valves in your home, including the main electrical switch
  • Portable fire escape ladder for homes or buildings of more than one floor
  • Portable butane or charcoal stove (to be used outdoors away from the garage)
  • Gloves and cloths for cleaning up dangerous spills
  • Covered containers for storing waste
  • Garden hose kept near an outside faucet

Personal Emergency Service Pack

If you and your troop are called out to serve during an emergency …

  • Poncho or raincoat with hood
  • Change or underwear and socks
  • Small bag with toiletries
  • Sleeping bag and waterproof ground cloth
  • Map of area where you’re going
  • 50 feet of No. 5 sash cord
  • Hand ax, folding saw or pocketknife
  • Water treatment equipment
  • Cook kit and canteen
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Hard hart
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Emergency ration
  • Pencil and small notebook
  • Handkerchief
  • Compass and map of the area (and GPS if you have one, with extra batteries)
  • Watch
  • Facial tissues
  • Work gloves
  • Face masks for air filtering

23 Comments on Create an emergency pack or kit

  1. Helped out a lot for emergency prep.

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  3. NickTheMajestic // August 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm // Reply

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  4. Supershivz // June 29, 2015 at 11:42 am // Reply

    Great for Emer Prep

  5. Thanks, this was very helpful for Emer. Preparedness

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  9. fenier greyback // December 29, 2014 at 10:42 am // Reply

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