No matter how safe you may feel in your neighborhood, you can never predict when disaster will strike. It’s vital to have both an emergency kit and a plan, and to be sure you and all your family members — even children — know how to use the items in the kit and understand your family’s disaster plan.
What you keep in that kit may differ a little depending on your family’s specific needs — like extra medications or supplies for common weather emergencies in your area — but here are several items the most basic emergency kit should have:
- Bottled water
- At least 3 days worth of food
- First-aid kit
- Glowsticks AND Flashlights (don’t forget batteries!)
- Battery-powered radio
- Emergency contact info
- Copies of important documents
- Change of clothes
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Spare set of contacts/glasses (I would be doomed without mine)
- Paper and pen
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