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American Red Cross offers tips on creating an emergency kit

January 2, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

What's in your kit?

The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York would like the residents in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties to be prepared for disaster at any time.

By building a kit, making a plan and staying informed, residents have a better chance of surviving a disaster. Making a plan and staying informed simply means having a plan of action in case of an emergency, as well as knowing what is going. But how do to build the kit?

Many organizations encourage nearly the same items in a disaster preparedness kit. Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person - one gallon per person per day. When it comes to food, keep at least a three-day supply for each person of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food. Pack a flashlight and extra batteries in case power is out in order to see in the dark. A battery powered or hand crank radio to stay informed during a disaster is encouraged. A first aid kid comes in handy during an emergency.

Here are some other suggested items to keep in the kit:

Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes;

Seven-day supply of medications and medical items such as hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane;

Multipurpose tool;

Sanitation and personal hygiene items;

Copies of personal documents such as medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies;

Cell phone with chargers;

Family and emergency contact information;

Extra cash;

Silver-foil emergency blanket;

Map(s) of the area;

Baby supplies such as bottles, formula, baby food, diapers;

Pet supplies such as collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl;

Tools/supplies for securing your home;

Extra set of car keys and house keys;

Rain gear;

Insect repellent and sunscreen; and

Camera for photos of damage;

For more information on building an emergency kit, visit



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