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Take the time to build an emergency kit. It's worth it

Posted Sept. 24, 2019

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A home emergency kit should contain essentials for three days.

A disaster doesn’t take time to plan anything, it just happens. You, on the other hand, can make plans on what you can do if you are an unwilling participant in a major disaster.

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management recommends all residents build a 72-hour emergency kit for their home and a smaller kit for their vehicle. The home emergency kit should contain essentials for everyday life such as food and water for each family member for three days, plus items to keep you informed and as comfortable as possible under stressful conditions.

Home emergency kit contents

  • Canned or boxed non-perishable food items.
  • One gallon of water per person per day (for drinking and sanitary purposes).
  • Copy of your family’s communications plan.
  • Flashlights.
  • Extra batteries. Extra cellphone battery, charger or power bank.
  • NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio or other battery-operated AM/FM radio.
  • First aid kit.
  • Can opener.
  • Blankets.
  • A whistle, air horn, flashing lights (to signal for help).
  • Dust mask.
  • Medications (minimum one week).
  • Hand tools to shut off utilities.
  • Requirements for functional needs, formula for infants and pet food and supplies if you own a pet.
  • Cash.
  • Paper maps.
  • Important documents (photocopies of marriage license, birth certificates, insurance, list of prescriptions, contact lists, etc.).
  • Personal sanitation items: toilet paper, antibacterial cleanser, bucket, plastic bags.

Vehicle emergency kit contents

  • Flashlight.
  • First aid kit.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Phone charger or power bank.
  • Jumper cabled and tire repair kit.
  • Non-perishable snacks.
  • Bottled water.
  • Seasonal items such as blankets, gloves, heavy socks for winter; sunscreen, bug spray and hat for summer.

You choose what you want to place in your kits — it’s whatever you believe you will need. You do not need to buy everything at once; buy what you can a little at a time and soon you’ll have a complete kit.

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