We all know we need an "emergency kit" at home to take care of our family and possibly our neighbors from three to five days. If you don't have one yet, it makes a great weekend project. Go to the RedCross website and there should be a place that lists all that you need. I would list what my booklet says, but that would take me all day!
However, here is the checklist for a car mini-survival kit (from my booklet, yes, I still have it and refer to it twice a year - April and October)
Assemble a survival kit for your car. Store these supplies in a small day or backpack will make them convenient to carry if you need to walk home.
* Snack-type, nutritious foods - dried fruits, nuts, granola bars, crackers, seeds, jerky, etc.
* Comfortable shoes
* Bottled water.
* Small first aid kit, including personal medications. I really want to stress the importance of keeping necessary medications with you. I kept hearing on the reports from LA people who were on medication and did not it with them. Diabetics need to keep their insulin with them. People with heart ailments also need their heart medication. In the event of an emergency, it may not be available for a long time, and the worse could happen.
* Fire extinguisher: A-B-C type
* Flares or light sticks. Flares could be dangerous if there is a natural gas leak.
* Local maps and compass (again if you had to walk, but I think most of us know our way home from work. This would be helpful if traveling.)
* Flashlight and batteries (change batteries when you change the smoke detectors)
* Tools - screwdriver and pliers, duct tape, zip ties, etc.
* A pair of heavy work gloves.
* Ziplock bags, toilet tissue and newspaper.
* A good book
Here's a list for a Work Mini-Survival Kit
The booklet says that there is a 33% chance of being at work when a disaster strikes.
* Snack-type nutritious foods.
* Comfortable shoes
* Bottled water
* Small first aid kit (remember your medicines!)
* Blanket (one of those solar kind maybe because they fold up small)
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* Battery-operated AM radio
* Ziplock bags, toilet tissue
* A pair of heavy work gloves
* Emergency instructions (work protocol)
Must of this can be kept in a drawer or locker.
Okay...let's all get prepared!