Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 28, 2012

The top 25 things you should have

BLUEFIELD — Recommended Supplies for Emergencies to Include in a Basic Kit:

1) Water — One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation

2) At least a three-day supply of non-perishable or shelf-stable food

3) Battery-powered radio

4) Flashlight and extra batteries

5) First Aid kit

6) Whistle to signal for help

7) Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant

8) Prescribed medications

9) Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

10) Dust mask or cotton t-shirt — to help filter the air

11) Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

12) Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

13) Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

14) A complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person,

15) A jacket or coat

16) Long pants

17) A long sleeve shirt

18) A hat and gloves

19) A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

20) Matches in a waterproof container

21) Disinfectant

22) Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies

23) Household chlorine bleach* — You can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

24) Medicine dropper

25) Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

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