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Author: Eric Holm


Emergency supplies are something one should always keep on hand. It is always better to be prepared beforehand for any potential emergency. Keeping supplies on hand at all times will ensure that you are ready should a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado strike. In some cases, you may have some warning, such as with a hurricane. Others, such as earthquakes and tornadoes usually do not allow you time to prepare an emergency kit ahead of time. It is very important to always be prepared.

Your list of emergency supplies should include things to meet the body's basic needs, such as water and food. There should be enough water to provide each person with one gallon per day to meet drinking and sanitation needs. Foods should be non-perishable items such as canned goods, dried fruit, dehydrated foods, high-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, and cookies. The foods should be easy to prepare and should be foods that do not require a lot of water to prepare. Hard candies are a good idea because they help quench thirst and will help save drinking water. An important thing to keep in mind is being sure the food supplies are fresh - always check expiration dates and change the food in your kit as needed. Canned goods should be replaced once a year.

Emergency supplies should include a first-aid kit that includes bandages, antibiotic cream, antibiotic towelettes for cleansing wounds, eye wash solution, and a thermometer. A first-aid kit should also include several days supply of any prescription medicines and medical supplies such as equipment for monitoring blood sugar and blood pressure if appropriate. Non-prescription medications should include pain reliever, antacid, laxatives, and anti-diarrhea medicines. If someone's age or physical condition puts them at risk for a heart attack, aspirin should be added to the kit.

Other emergency supplies that should always be kept on hand include battery-powered or hand-cranked flashlights and radio. You should also have waterproof matches, or matches stored in a waterproof container, a fire extinguisher, disposable eating utensils and age-appropriate items such as diapers, feminine supplies, and other personal hygiene products. Emergencies are often something that cannot be predicted. The best way to survive an emergency situation is to be prepared! Are you prepared for an emergency? We can help you ensure that you have what you need on hand for any type of emergency. Your family is depending on you!


About the author: Eric Holm - Publisher, Owner and Manager of http://www.emergencyanddisastersupplies.com Feel free to use our information, resources, forms, and blog at http://www.emergencysuppliesblog.com We believe Emergency Preparedness is everyone job!


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