Emergency Evacuation Kit Contents

1.      Bible
2.      Cash, your primary medium of exchange; plus coins for machines. Remember, no plastic cards will work!
3.      Water; this is CRITICAL.  Plan for 1 gallon per person per day (that’s eight 16-oz drinking water bottles).  If it is commercially bottled, it will last indefinitely and need not be changed out.  If you bottle it yourself, pre-sterilize your containers with 1:10 diluted chlorine bleach solution and plan on changing your stores out every 6 months.  Don’t use breakable containers.  Remember to account for your pets’ water needs too.
4.      Canned or bottled drinks are also good, in addition to water.  Remember, caffeine and alcohol tends to cause dehydration.  These kinds of drinks cannot substitute for the basic water requirement.
5.      Concentrated food; no processing or special storage needed.  Ready-to-eat meats, fruits, and vegetables; canned or boxed juices, milk, and soup; peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, cookies, hard candy, cereals, special needs foods, etc.  Select food that needs no refrigeration, and little water in preparation.  Plan on changing out (consuming) most food items every 6 months and replacing them with new.  To protect the food from degradation and pests, be sure that it is stored in a tightly sealed kit container.
6.      Planned evacuation route map and directions
7.      Road atlas or a good area map
8.      Flashlights for each person
9.      Pocket knife
10.  Whistles for each person
11.  Set of underwear and socks for each person
12.  Seasonal clothes, such as hats, gloves, coats, boots, etc.
13.  Practical shoes
14.  Toiletries and hygiene items, including: toothpaste and toothbrushes, wet wipes, sanitary wipes, hand sanitizers and lotions, feminine hygiene products, liquid soap, toilet paper and Ziploc bags for disposal, shaving supplies, deodorant, shampoo, eye care needs, comb, hairbrush, special needs
15.  Large CLEAR plastic trash bags and other sized storage bags; with ties
16.  Paper towels and cleaning supplies
17.  Medicines; over-the-counter, including:  topical pain reliever (Ocean Potion is good) aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, syrup of ipecac ( to induce vomiting if poisoning), laxative, vitamins.
18.  Disposable rubber gloves
19.  N95 paper dust masks
20.  Diversions; books, games, etc.
21.  Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, small tent
22.  Pet supplies (leashes, food, dish, etc.)
23.  Johnny on the Spot, bed pan, or equivalent
24.  Medium-sized bucket with a tight-fitting lid
25.  Duct tape
26.  Plastic drop cloth
27.  Clothes line rope, large rubber bands
28.  Tool box; including at least:  knife, hammer, scissors, vise-grip style pliers, adjustable wrench, Phillips and straight blade screwdrivers, small shovel, butane lighter or waterproof matches
29.  Battery-powered AM/FM radio
30.  Automotive supplies; including at least: flares, oil, washer fluid, A-B-C fire extinguisher, jumper cables
31.  Extra batteries; plan on replacing the batteries within your kit every 12 months.  The ones you remove may be used in regular household use.
32.  Electronic timer
33.  Battery-operated alarm clock
34.  Kitchen items, including:  manual can opener, mess kits or disposable plates, cups, utensils, all-purpose sharp knife, aluminum foil and plastic wrap, sugar, salt, pepper, household bleach
35.  First aid kit, including at least:   sterile adhesive bandages in several sizes (Band-Aids), rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointment, 2 and 4 inch sterile gauze pads, safety pins, cotton balls, adhesive tape, elastic roll bandage, tweezers, sewing needle, petroleum jelly, sun block, insect repellent, soap.
36.  Paper pad, pens, pencils
37.  Copies of important papers:  contact lists and telephone numbers, insurance policies, bank and credit card  account numbers, deeds, notes, household inventories, titles, vehicle titles, birth and marriage certificates, wills.  Be sure to store these items in a watertight container, such as a large Ziploc bag.
38.  Extra car keys and house key
39.  Specialty items; anything else needed to care for babies, elderly, pets, etc.

Other Items to Consider in Your Planning

·        Keep your vehicle gassed up, especially during high Homeland Security Advisory alert levels.  Assume that gasoline will not be available when the event happens!
·        Guns and ammunition; you may weigh whether these would be wise to carry along or a bad risk to leave behind in an empty home.
·        Walkie-talkies may be very useful.
·        Bottle of alcohol liquor (anesthetic, barter, etc.)
·        Computer backup media.
·        Portable valuables or sentimental items which you could not bear to lose.  It might be best to have a hidden fire-retarding safe for such items.

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