13 Necessities to Pack in Your Emergency Supply Kit

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FEMA recommends a standard emergency supply kit for general preparedness for any emergency. If you want to make your own, here's what to pack:

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FEMA recommends a standard emergency supply kit for general preparedness for any emergency. If you want to make your own, here's what to pack:

Battery-Powered or Hand Crank Radio & NOAA Weather Radio with Tone Alert

Old and small transistor radio on battery on the white
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Flashlight

Light Beam from Electric Flashlight
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First Aid Kit

first-aid kit with medical supplies
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Extra Batteries

Batteries
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Whistle to Signal for Help

Silver Whistle
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Dust Mask

Dust Mask
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Duct Tape & Plastic Sheeting

Duct Tape
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Moist Towelettes

Woman cleaning her hands with a tissue
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Garbage Bags & Plastic Ties

Colored garbage bags roll
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Wrench or Pliers

Spanner wrench the metal
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Manual Can Opener

Modern can opener
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Local Maps

Road map
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Cell Phone with Chargers & Backup Battery

White smart phone charger with power bank (battery bank)
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Additional Personal Items Items

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If you have time, these additional items may be useful for your all-purpose preparedness kit:

  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
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If you have time, these additional items may be useful for your all-purpose preparedness kit:

  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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