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National Preparedness Month: Your Emergency Kit

Release date: 
September 18, 2009
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DENTON, TEXAS-September is National Preparedness Month and this is a good opportunity to update or create your emergency "grab and go" kit. Emergency supply kits at home and at work should contain:


  • Three days supply of water (one gallon per person, per day) and non-perishable food. (Remember to change food and water every six months).
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, extra keys.
  • First-aid kit, extra prescription medications, copies of prescriptions, other special medical items.
  • Special supplies needed for babies or older adults.
  • Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence.
  • Cash (power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable).
  • Battery-operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Phone numbers of family and friends.
  • Road maps, a travel plan, hotel reservations, list of places between your town and your destination where you can stop if the highways are clogged.
  • Coolers for food and ice storage, paper plates, plastic utensils.
  • Manual can opener, booster cables, tools.
  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and extra clothing.
  • Toilet paper, cleanup supplies, personal hygiene products.
  • Pet supplies (food, water and medicines).

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Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46