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Basic Supplies and Survival Tips

Basic Supplies and Survival Tips

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Basic Supplies and Survival Tips
Your family may be left on its own for several days following a major disaster. Here is alist of items and supplies which all households should keep stored in a portable container (a large trash can, duffle bag, backpack) in the event of evacuation or isolation.
Basics
Water- One gallon per person per day.
Bleach and an eye-dropper.
 Non-perishable food: canned or dried foods high in protein such as peanut butter or dried fruits.
Manual can opener.
Barbecue, camp stove, Sterno cans or other alternative method of cooking.
Fuel for cooking, propane canisters, camp stove fuel, charcoal, etc.
Plastic utensils, knives, forks, spoons paper plates, cups, towels.
Heavy duty aluminum foil and plastic wrap.
Food Storage Tips
Check your emergency food supply twice a year and replace or rotate suppliesannually.
Choose food that requires little or no preparation for cooking.
Choose low salt foods that do not increase thirst.
Choose meals that are easy to prepare.
Choose food that comes in small cans or packages to facilitate storage.
Eat one full square meal a day.
Water Storage and Purification Tips
Boil water for 5-10 minutes. Strain through paper towels to remove floating particles.
Or add 10 drops of household bleach solution per gallon of water. Shake well andlet stand for 30 minutes. A slight chlorine taste indicates the water is safe to drink.
Or add 15 drops of household tincture of iodine in the same manner as bleachabove.
Or use commercial water purification tablets such as Halazone or Globaline.Follow package instructions.
Store water in heavy plastic containers, preferably opaque type or soft water  bottles. If you buy bottled water, check with the supplier to determine how longthe water may be stored safely.
Store water in a cool, dark location on lower shelves, secured to prevent container damage.
Plan meals with those with special needs in mind. (elderly, infants, vegetarians,etc.)
Include meals with five basic food groups.
 
Emergency Food PlanningThe following is a complete sample menu.
You may be isolated, or in a situation withno water or electricity. The following menu is based on the use of foods that require nocooking.
Breakfast
Fruit or canned juice of some kind (orange, grapefruit, tomato-Vitamin Cenriched)
Ready-to-eat cereals or granola bars
Whole wheat or enriched bread or crackers with jams, jellies, margarine, peanut butter, cheese or cheese spreads
Milk: canned, evaporated or reconstituted powdered milk 
Instant coffee, tea or cocoa (if tap water is strong enough)
Use evaporated milk or double-strength reconstituted dry milk as cream in tea or coffee
Lunch or Supper
Cheese or peanut butter sandwiches
Canned meat, fish or poultry
Canned beans-baked beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, etc.
Raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery, etc.
Fruits (canned or fresh peaches, apricots, pineapples, pears, etc.)
Bread or Graham crackers.
Cookies
Snacks
Fruits, fresh canned, dried
Juices
Cheeses
Cereals-ready-to-eat
 Nuts, seeds, raisins
Crackers
Cookies
Raw vegetables
Granola bars
Staples
Canned protein food: Salmon, tuna, sardines, lunch meat, ham, beef, chicken
Canned vegetables: green beans, beets, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots,spinach, turnip greens, peas
 
Canned fruits: apple sauce, apricots, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, fruitcocktail, etc.
Dried fruits, nuts and seeds: raisins, prunes, peanuts, assorted nuts, etc.
Tea bags, instant coffee, coffee or cocoa, fruit juices
 Non-fat or low-fat milk; evaporated milk if used within one day after opening andkept at cool room temperature.
Oatmeal cookies or crackers
Peanut butter 
Ready-to-eat cereals
Jelly, jams, preserves or honey
Bread wrapped in its original wrapping
Salt, pepper, sugar, catsup or prepared mustard
Household Supplies
First Aid Kit
The following list of supplies is an Aideal@ first aid kit; design for your own needs.
First aid book: know how to use
Sterile adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch gauze pads
Ace bandage
Ammonia inhalant
Hypoallergenic waterproof adhesive tape
muslin or cotton triangular bandages
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
or instead of bandages use extra absorbent sanitary napkins
Elastic bandages and fasteners " Emergency Aspace@ blanket (1 per familymember)
Scissors
Tweezers
 Needles and thread
Mirror 
Moistened towelettes
Instant hot and cold packs
Antiseptic lotion, cream or liquid
Thermometer 
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Assorted sizes of safety pins
Anti-bacterial soap
Sunscreen
Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever 
Anti-diarrhea medication

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