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When storm strikes, personal survival kit a necessity

One of the most important tools for emergency preparedness is the disaster supplies kit. The following is a list of the most important items for your kit. Stock up and store in a water-resistant container. And remember to replenish what you use as soon as you can.

♦ Two weeks supply of prescription medicines.

♦ Two weeks supply of nonperishable-special dietary foods.

♦ One gallon of drinking water per person per day. A minimum three-day supply.

♦ Flashlights and seven sets of batteries for each family member.

♦ A portable radio and seven sets of batteries.

♦ First-aid book and kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, nonaspirin pain-reliever and anti-diarrhea medication.

♦ Mosquito repellent and citronella candles.

♦ Two coolers, one to keep food and the other to go get ice.

♦ Plastic tarp for roof-window repair, screening, tools and nails.

♦ Water purification kit-tablets, plain chlorine and iodine.

♦ Infant necessities medicine, sterile water, diapers, ready formula and bottles.

♦ Cleanup supplies mop, buckets, towels and disinfectant.

♦ Camera and memory card.

♦ Nonelectric can opener.

♦ Extra batteries for camera, portable television, lamps.

♦ Plastic trash bags.

♦ Toilet paper, paper towels and premoistened towelettes.

If you evacuate, you should also take:

♦ Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses.

♦ Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses.

♦ Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots.

♦ Personal hygiene items – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant.

♦ Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children.

♦ Important papers such as driver’s license, special medical information, insurance policies and property inventories.

♦ Precious commodities before and after a storm:

♦ Cash – with no power, banks may be closed, checks and credit cards not accepted and ATMs may not be operational.

♦ Charcoal, wooden matches and grill.

♦ Ice.

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