Thursday, July 07, 2005

Ten Supplies to Have Ready

In the event of an emergency, you will need to have certain supplies on hand and ready to go at a moment's notice. Here are 10 supplies that we recommend you have ready.

__Flashlight and extra batteries (at least one per family member)

__NOAA Weather radio


__Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries (Check that it works and that batteries are the right kind.)

__Portable, battery-operated TV/extra batteries. You can find these for $20.00. (Optional)

__First Aid Kit

__Food (non-perishable) -- See Below

__Water (one gallon of water per person per day) – a 2-week supply. (Many say 3 days, in Florida they say 2 weeks. So, get what you’re comfortable with.

__Water -- Also fill your bathtub with extra water for additional purposes. Water is so important. You can’t have too much!

__Don’t forget the fondue!

Yes, this old standby from the 1970’s has made a comeback and will definitely come in handy. When the lights go out and there’s no power, take out the fondue!

It can be easily used to:

* Melt cheese, chocolate (my favorite)

* Heat up water, not enough to boil noodles but hot enough to make soup, coffee or tea.

These are just some items necessary for effective disaster planning.

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