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Emergency Supplies
Survival SuppliesAnother step everyone should take is to set aside supplies ahead of time in case of an interruption of residential services or the need to rapidly evacuate your home. This can ensure that you have adequate drinking water, food and supplies to survive in the absence of immediate assistance. Supplies must be scaled according to how many people are in your residence so plan accordingly. Using a duffle bag or backpack to store your supplies where they can be readily accessible is highly advisable.

The first and most important item you should have ready is Water. At minimum you should have enough for 3-days. For most people, bottled water will be the easiest to obtain and keep. There are alternate methods for keeping water such as filling water jugs or bladders and freezing them. Obviously, bottled water is ideal for emergency supply bags.

Food should also be available in sufficient 3-day quantity. Commercially produced MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) are available for a nominal price and can be adequately stored for several years. Canned foods which do not need to be cooked also work well and can keep for significant periods of time. When using canned foods, be sure to have a mechanical (hand powered) can opener available. Do not use foods which require refrigeration or heat to prepare. You should also avoid foods which require water as this will cut into your 3-day supply and foods which contain large amounts of salt or sodium.

Pack extra Clothing including long and short sleeve shirts, pants, socks, underwear and practical accessories (gloves, warm hats, jackets.)

Consider Personal items you may need such as an extra tooth brush, toothpaste, garbage bags, toilet paper and small amounts of un-scented bleach (which can be used in an emergency to help detoxify water.)

Sleeping material may be considered including lightweight sleeping bags and travel pillows.

Other items should also be gathered where possible including basic first aid supplies, tools for starting a fire (matches, cotton balls, etc), flashlights, multi tools, small lengths of rope, duct tape, poncho and a utility knife. When bringing personal documents, secure them in a ziplock bag or other waterproof container.

Remember to minimize the weight of your emergency supplies to be easily portable. Do not pack more than one individual can reasonable carry several miles on foot without heavy fatigue. You can buy pre-assembled survival supplies but be sure they meet the FEMA recommendations.

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