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Preparedness Tips

Preparedness Tip #11: Prepare a 72-Hour Emergency Bag

Prepare and keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of you and your family for at least three days. This "72-hour bag" should be taken with you in the event of an emergency or evacuation. Consideration should be given to having an emergency bag in the home as well as your motor vehicle. The basics to stock in your kit should include: your emergency contact list and emergency evacuation plan, water, food, battery powered radio, flash lights, extra batteries, a change of clothing, blanket or sleeping bag, utility tool, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, dust mask, plastic sheeting, duct tape, trash bags, sanitary and hygienic products, maps, first aid kit, household chlorine bleach, tin foil, signal flair, paper and writing device, plastic storage containers, mess kits and a manual can opener. In addition to this inventory, special items for infants, elderly and ill or those who require additional assistance should be considered.

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