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Make an Emergency Kit

The American Red Cross recommends that you have the following items in your emergency kit

By Jamie Brown
|  Monday, Mar 17, 2014  |  Updated 2:33 PM PDT
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Make an Emergency Kit

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SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 18: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger looks at a first aid kit with a fifth grade student from the KIPP Bayview Academy as they assemble emergency preparedness backpacks at the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference April 18, 2006 in San Francisco. April 18th marks the 100th annivesary of the great quake and fire that devastated San Francisco. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Your emergency kit should contain items that enable you to provide comfort for a wide range of events, from everyday scrapes to life-threatening emergencies. When creating a complete disaster kit, you should pack the following emergency supplies in an easy-to-carry container or backpack:

At minimum, the American Red Cross recommends that you have the following items in your emergency kit:

  • Water: One gallon per person, per day. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. Also, don't forget to provide for your pets.
  • Non-perishable food: Items that are easy to open and prepare are preferable. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. And, don't forget to provide for your pets.
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications and medical items (Seven-day supply)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

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