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Evacuation Survival Kit

       In case you have to evacuate your home quickly during an emergency, you should have an Evacuation Survival Kit already made up. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container. Prepare one kit for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. This is not the same as the Travel Survival Kit listed in the Outdoor Survival section, which is more for bush survival, but if you already have a Travel Survival Kit, you can incorporate the two, depending on your needs.

  • Battery operated radio or crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Survival guide (like a hardcopy of this book)
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Pocketknife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Local map
  • Some water and food
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of emergency point-of-contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Important papers and copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don't forget to make a kit for your pets.

       You may not be at home when an emergency strikes, so it's good to keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.

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