Essential Items You Should Have In Your Emergency Kit

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An emergency or a disaster can strike at any time, so be like the Boy Scouts and always be prepared. Making an emergency kit for yourself or your family is common sense nowadays and your kit will make all the difference when the time comes, as long as you include the right gear. We’ve put together this list of essential items you should have in your emergency kit. With it, you won’t have to be a “Doomsday Prepper” to stay safe when the next blackout or natural disaster comes.

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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Water (one gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation).
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Flashlight and spare batteries.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Candles and matches.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Whistle to signal for help.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

First aid kit.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Emergency prescription medication.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food).
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Emergency blanket.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Personal sanitary supplies (tissue, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc).
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Extra garments (pants, undergarments, socks).
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