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Prepare a kit in emergency situations

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
 Water
• One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
• Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
• Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.
• Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

 Food
• 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.
• Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
• Choose foods your family will eat such as:

o Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
o Protein or fruit bars
o Dry cereal or granola
o Peanut butter
o Dried fruit
o Nuts and crackers
o Canned juices
o Non-perishable pasteurized milk
o High energy foods
o Vitamins
o Food for infants
o Comfort/stress foods

 Other items
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First Aid Kit

Non-life threatening injuries:
During an emergency, you or a family member can be cut, burned, or suffer other injuries; however, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency.

The following items can help stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination:

• Two pairs of latex or other type of sterile gloves.
• Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
• Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
• Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
• Burn ointment to prevent infection.
• Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
• Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
• Thermometer
• Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers.
• Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.

Non-prescription drugs:
• Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
• Anti-diarrhea medication
• Antacid (for upset stomach)
• Laxative
Other items:
• Cell Phone
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
• Whistle to signal for help
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food
• Local maps

Special Needs Items
Remember the special needs of infants, the elderly, persons with disabilities and even your pets.

For baby:
• Formula
• Diapers
• Bottles
• Powdered milk
• Medications
• Moist towelettes
• Diaper rash ointment
For seniors:
• Teach others how to operate necessary equipment.
• Label equipment like wheelchairs, canes or walkers.
• List of prescription medications including dosage in your supply kits. Include any allergies.
• Extra pair of eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries.
• Extra wheelchair batteries or other special equipment in your supply kit.
• A list of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers in your emergency supply kits.
•Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards.
• List of doctors and emergency contacts.
 
For people with Disabilities:
• Create a support network to help in an emergency and tell them where you keep your emergency supplies.
• Give one member of your support network a key to your house or apartment.
• Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability.
•If you are dependent on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment, know the location and availability of more than one facility.
• Show others how to operate your wheelchair.
• Know the size and weight of your wheelchair and if it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported.
•Prescription medicines, list of medications including dosage, list of any allergies.
• Extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries and cane.
• Extra wheelchair batteries and oxygen.
• Scooter or wheelchair patch kit, extra inner tubes and other repair supplies. Also include heavy gloves for wheeling over glass and debris.
• Keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices.
• Medical insurance and Medicare cards.
• List of doctors, relatives or friends who should be notified if you are hurt.

Other items to consider:
• Pads and pencils for communication and/or to keep track of instructions you may receive
•Power converter for communicating with a lap top computer
• Animal supplies such as extra food, water and other supplies.

For more information, call 3-1-1.