Sunday, September 4, 2016

Are you Prepared 3

In the case of an emergency, it may be necessary to evacuate quickly from your home. In this case, you probably will not have time to search for supplies. As a result, you should assemble an emergency kit in your home which is portable (easy to carry) and easy to find. For example, you may want to use a knapsack or suitcase with wheels.

Recall, that in the case of an emergency, help may not be available right away. As a result, it is important for you to plan for supplies to help you survive at least 72 hours or 3 days. The kit should contain enough supplies for each person in the household to survive at least 3 days (72 hours).  

The kit should be readily accessible within your home and easy to transport. Each person could use an individual backpack for personal items and a larger wheeled container for bulky items

Before I list what should be in a basic kit some general guidelines, your water should be easily carried (I.e. in small bottles); food bring canned food that you enjoy and make sure you have a can opener as part of the kit; your flashlight/radio either a wind up or batter operated should have extra batteries for each too; cash - only small bills and change - due to the fact that it may be difficult to receive change for bigger bills ($10 bills); extra Keys - house and car; and finally your medications, it may be worthwhile to speak to your physician with regards to obtaining an additional supply (if possible) of medications to keep with you in case of emergency for emergency kit.

Here are the basic contents of a kit:
·       Water (minimum 2 litres/person/day)
·       Food (canned, energy bars, etc.)
·       Can-opener
·       Flashlight (battery or wind-up)
·       Radio (battery or wind-up)
·       Extra batteries and solar charger
·       Extra keys
·       First aid kit
·       Cash (small bills & change)
·       Special items (medications)
·       Copy of emergency plan
·       Photocopies of essential documents

In addition to the above, the following could be included in your kit:
·       Candles and waterproof matches
·       Change of clothing and shoes
·       Blanket (thermal) or sleeping bag
·       Whistle
·       Garbage bags
·       Toilet paper, wet wipes and paper towels
·       Hand sanitizer gel
·       Basic tools and duct tape
·       Kitchen utensils, plate, cups and pot
·       Small safe stove with fuel

·       Tarp or plastic sheeting

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