Friday, July 3, 2009

Suggestions from the Red Cross

The Red Cross offers excellent advice to help people evaluate what is needed in their personal preparedness kit.

This kit should contain everything you need to survive on your own, particularly in the event of a major disaster or emergency when shelters may not be available for a week or more.

The Red Cross lists nine topics to consider:

1. Water
2. Food
3. Medications and special items
4. Tools and supplies
5. Sanitation
6. Clothing and Bedding
7. Emergency car kit
8. Important family documents
9. First aid kit

I recommend that you construct your own preparedness kit using as many items that you already have in your home, and then supplement it as needed. Keep the items that you would most likely need a container stored where you can easily get to it. Each person, and each family has varied and different needs. We recommend you design your own kit rather than relying on commercial kits that may or may not have the items specific to the needs of your family. Make sure they all have a kit in their car or office, just incase something happens and they are not home.

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