14 Disaster Kit Essentials
1. Towels, Blankets and Sleeping Bags
One per family member, plus more if you live in a cold climate.
2. Battery-Powered Radio and Batteries
Buy a radio with NOAA stations, which broadcast updates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Our pick: The American Red Cross Microlink FR 160 Eton Emergency Radio, (.95;RedCrossStore.org)
3. Sanitary Supplies
Body wipes are a must. Don't forget tampons and toilet paper.
Photocopies (not the originals) of passports, insurance papers and legal-case papers.
5. Extra Cash
Approximately 0 should be enough until you can get more. Simply leave it in your kit.
One gallon of sealed water per person per day, minimum three-day supply. Buying a bulk box of bottled water is easiest.
7. First-Aid Kit
The Red Cross Deluxe Personal Safety Emergency Pack has everything you need. (;RedCrossStore.org)
Games and books for kids and adults. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, buy two or three and pack them.
9.Maps of the Area
You'll be glad you have these when your smartphone dies.
10. Bleach and Rags
Great for disinfecting surfaces.
Flashlight; matches; tool kit; pocket knife; extra batteries; sunscreen; extra house and car keys; cell phone chargers for the car and wall.
A three-day supply of nonperishable items for your whole family. Think energy bars, non-refrigerated cheese and crackers, pop-top canned foods and a box of high-calorie nutrition drinks. Don't forget pet food.
Stock a week's worth of any medical items you or your family could not function without, including medications and contact lenses.
Foot cuts are the most common injuries in disasters, so pack socks and shoes. Clothing items can be things you were going to donate or toss.
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