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other disaster could cut off basic services\u2014gas, water, electricity and
After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the
scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get
help in hours, or it may take days. Would your family be prepared
to cope with the emergency until help arrives?
Your family will cope best by preparing for disasterbefor e it strikes.
One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once
disaster hits, you won\u2019t have time to shop or search for supplies.
But if you\u2019ve gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure
an evacuation or home confinement.
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using
containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day.
Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount.
Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
w ould most likely need
during an evacuation in an
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that
require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you
must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and
u2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
u4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
uHypoallergenic adhesive tape
uTriangular bandages (3)
u2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
u3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
uTongue blades (2)
uTube of petroleum jelly or other
uAssorted sizes of safety pins
uLatex gloves (2 pair)
uAspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
uAntacid (for stomach upset)
uSyrup of Ipecac (use to induce
uShut-off wrench, to turn off
uMap of the area (for locating
uToilet paper, towelettes*
uSoap, liquid detergent*
uPersonal hygiene items*
uPlastic garbage bags, ties
uPlastic bucket with tight lid
uHousehold chlorine bleach
uFlashlight and extra batteries*
uCash or traveler\u2019s checks, change*
uNon-electric can opener, utility knife*
uFire extinguisher: small canister,
uMatches in a waterproof container
uPlastic storage containers
uContact lenses and supplies
uExtra eye glasses
uHat and gloves
uSturdy shoes or work boots*
uBlankets or sleeping bags*
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