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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Emergency Supplies for Personal – Family Safety

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These are the things you will need – food, water, and equipment – if you are forced to live at home under emergency conditions. Keep your supplies in a cool dry place, and check them periodically to make sure that the food is still good, and that the batteries still work. A garbage can with a tight lid makes a good container – it is watertight, can be moved easily, and is itself useful in a disaster.

Basic survival supplies to kit and assemble include the following:
Battery operated radio
Battery operated flashlight (LED lights last longer)

Extra batteries
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
List with the name of each drug plus the name and number of the physician who prescribed it
Blanket or sleeping bag for each member of the family
Watch or battery operated clock
Bottled water
Manual can opener
Canned food your family likes (Include meats, poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables for a balanced diet) Cans are better than jars because they don’t break.

Crackers and cereal. Wrap these in plastic bags and store them in airtight containers to add to their shelf life.
Foods that store well and do not require cooking (for example, honey, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate stored in airtight containers or vacuum-sealed)
Baby food and/or formula and disposable diapers if appropriate
Pet food as needed
Store at least a three-day supply of food and water for your family. A two week supply is even better. A three month supply is even better than that ;)
Figure that each adult needs at least a half gallon of water per day for drinking and another half gallon a day for sanitation
Tape for taping windows; supplies for boarding up windows and doors
Paper plates and cups and plastic utensils

Garbage bags
Toilet paper
Moistened towelettes
Personal care items (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
Clean clothes
Candles and matches
Pencil and paper
A sharp knife
Needle and thread

Chemical cold packs
Sturdy shoes
Rubber gloves

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1 comment:

  1. "Foods that store well and do not require cooking (for example, honey, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate stored in airtight containers or vacuum-sealed)"

    Nuts can go rancid, and chocolate (and other candies) loses flavor over a relatively short amount of time. If you want to store nuts, you need to vacuum package them and freeze them, same with chocolate, bearing in mind that you need to rotate regularly. Don't buy 20 pounds of Hershey bars expecting that they will taste the same in a year's time if all you do is store them in an airtight container.

    I did an experiment on candies of various sorts to see how they would store. I vac-packed (no freezing) Halloween and Christmas candies, and 6 months later tried some. The taste of most of them had faded considerably, a few less.

    If you want to stock foods that don't need cooking, both energy density and taste need to figure in, but also just plain ol' nutrition. Candy and nuts won't keep you going. You need to have some protein in there as well, like canned tuna or jerky or whatever.