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Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Supply Kit
Emergencies can occur anytime, anywhere, and when they do, it’s often too late to begin to get all the items necessary to cope with it. Local stores may be closed, making you unable to gather items at the last minute, so it’s best to have an emergency supply kit assembled beforehand. The items should be placed in a container that can be picked up or wheeled away in case of evacuation. Some examples include a large, covered trash container, a plastic storage container, or a backpack. They should be stored together in a cool, dry spot. To protect food from pests and dampness, place it in large, sealable containers.

The essential items of a kit include at least a three-day supply of food and water
for each person, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools, and emergency supplies and special items. You may want to consider having enough supplies on-hand to last two weeks. The items in the kit should be reviewed every six months and old or expired items should be replaced.

Items to include in an emergency supply kit:

• Store one gallon of water per person (and pet) per day. Water should be stored in plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that may break, such as glass bottles.

Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking and little or no water. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Most importantly, select foods that you and your family like.
• Ready-to-eat canned meats
• Ready-to-eat canned fruits
• Ready-to-eat canned vegetables
• Canned juices and milk
• Canned soups
• High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, and trail
• Special food for infants, elderly persons, or persons on special diets
• Comfort food such as cookies, candy, etc.

First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
• Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
• 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
• 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
• Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
• Triangular bandages (3)
• 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
• 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• Needle
• Moistened towelettes
• Antiseptic
• Thermometer
• Tongue depressor (2)
• Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
• Assorted sizes of safety pins
• Cleansing agent/soap
• Latex gloves (2 pair)
• Sunscreen

Non-Prescription Drugs
• Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
• Anti-diarrhea medication
• Antacid (for stomach upset)
• Syrup of ipecac (used to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
• Laxative
• Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
• Prescription medications

Tools and Supplies
• Eating utensils, cups, and plates
• Solar, manual, or battery operated radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Cell phones and charges and extra battery
• Paper and pencil
• Fire extinguisher
• Non-electric can opener
• Whistle
• Plastic sheeting
• Duct tape
• Map
• Gloves
• Wrench (to turn off gas and water)
• Crowbar
• Signal flare
• Soap
• Alcohol-based hand gel
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
• Dust mask or cotton T-shirt for each person to help filter the air
• Feminine supplies
• Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste
• Plastic garbage bags
• Chlorine bleach
• Cash (small bills and coins because if electricity is out you won’t be able to use ATMs or credit cards)

Pet Supplies
• Food
• Water
• Medications
• Leash
• Tags
• Litter box
• Vaccination information

Clothing and Bedding
• At least one complete change of clothing for each person
• A sturdy pair of shoes for each person
• A jacket or coat for each person
• Hat and gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirt for each person (more if you live in a colder climate and may not have heat)
• Blankets
• Sleeping bags

Special Items
• Formula
• Diapers
• Bottles
• Contact lenses and supplies
• Extra eye glasses
• Entertainment such as books, games, and cards

Important Family Documents and Information
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container
• Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks, and bonds
• Passports, social security cards, immunization records
• Bank account numbers
• Credit card account numbers and companies
• Family records (birth, marriage, and death certificates)
• Gather and record emergency information for each household member. The information should include:
1. Name
2. Cell phone number
3. Work/school/daycare phone number(s)
4. Friends home and cell phone numbers
5. Date of birth
6. Height and weight
7. Doctor’s name and phone number(s)
8. Allergies
9. Medications
10. Past medical history
• Inventory of valuable household goods possibly with photos of items in your home
• Important telephone numbers, including local pharmacies, hospitals, friends,
family members, Poison Control Center, schools, daycares)
• Important web site addresses:
Lakes Regional Healthcare and Dickinson County Public Health
Iowa Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Disaster Help
American Red Cross
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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