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Be prepared: Make an emergency kit

Disasters don’t just happen on TV, they can occur right here in Arkansas. Making sure that you have necessary supplies on hand when something happens can not only ease your mind, but save lives. If an emergency happens, you may be without power, water or food for several days. It is important to have supplies readily accessible in such cases. Every home is different so consider the number of people in your family, any special needs and don’t forget your pets.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

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

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications

  • Glasses

  • Infant formula and diapers

  • Pet food and extra water for your pet

  • Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change

  • Emergency reference material, such as a first aid book

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

  • Additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate

  • Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes for each person.

  • Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Household chlorine bleach - When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

  • Medicine dropper

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

  • Paper and pencil

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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No information or content on this website is to be taken as implicit or explicit advice. Please contact a medical professional for guidance.

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