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BE PREPARED: Emergency kit

NICK NUNES,

Added 17 August 2015

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First Aid Kit (FP)

WHEN IT COMES to being prepared, it can seem like an impossible task to have everything that would be conceivably necessary all together.

However, an emergency kit is a part of readying yourself that can continuously grow.

Individual emergency kits should always be personalised based on the specific needs  of each person or family unit that it is catered towards. Basic survival supplies for enduring natural phenomena should be kept in an easily accessed place so that additions may be made when the need arises.

Here is a list of general provisions that should be included in any kit.

Download a Disaster Supply List. You can customise to suit your needs. 

Food and Water

Water – 11 litres (one gallon) per person per day (store in clean plastic containers, change every six months for freshness)

Non-perishable food or ready to eat canned food and juices (three-day supply, change every six months for freshness)

Snacks for children

Non-electric can opener

Baby food

First aid

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

Surgical masks

Assorted sizes of safety pins

Cleansing agent/soap

Cotton wool

Latex gloves (two pairs)

Two-inch sterile gauze pads (four to six)

Four-inch sterile gauze pads (four to six)

Triangular bandages (3)

Non-prescription drugs

Antibiotic ointment

Two-inch sterile roller bandages (three rolls)

Scissors

Tweezers

Needles (two to four)

Moistened towelettes

Antiseptic

Thermometer

Tongue blades (two)

Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Tampons (large pack for multi-use)

Non-prescription drugs

Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever

Anti-diarrhoea medication

Antacid

Laxative

Gravol (for nausea)

Sanitation

Toilet paper (four to six), towelettes (six to ten)

Towels

Soap, liquid detergent

Feminine products/supplies

Personal hygiene items (deodorant, mouthwash, etc)

Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation use)

Plastic bucket with tight lid

Disinfectant

Household chlorine bleach

Special requirements

Remember the disabled

Infant care supplies (formula, diapers, medications, powdered milk, etc)

Elderly care supplies

Heart and high blood pressure medication

Insulin

Prescription drugs

Eye care (contact lenses, glasses)

Pet care (food, water, necessary cleaning supplies, etc)

Tools and Supplies

Batteries (AA, AAA, and so on, at least four of each)

Battery-operated radio

Flashlights (two)

Utility knife

Manual can opener

Whistle

Pliers

Duct tape, electrical tape

Aluminium foil

Matches in waterproof container

Signal flare

Needles, thread

Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type

Plastic storage containers

Cash, change

Paper, pen/pencil

Ziploc bags

Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

Steel wool

Blankets

Documents

Water proof containers

Passports and health records

Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Will and property information

Financial records (account numbers, credit card numbers and company information)

Insurance policies

Deeds, contracts, stocks, bonds, and so on.

Inventory of valuable household property.

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