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Make An Emergency Pack

Prepare an Emergency Pack in case you have to evacuate. Red Cross and FEMA recommend the following items if you have to evacuate.

The "Short List" – if you have only moments before leaving, keep these items in an immediately handy place:

• Medical supplies: prescription medications and dentures.
• Disaster supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water
• Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
• Car keys and keys to the place you may be going, e.g., a friend's or relative's home. (Don't count on being able to use your car however.)

Ideally, you want to have these items ready:

• Flashlights with plenty of extra batteries
• Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
• Phone that plugs directly into the wall jack (not electric or cordless)
• Battery-operated lamps/lights (safer than candles)
• Candles – if using, they should be encased in glass holders
(no open candles)
• First aid kit
• Prescription medications in the original bottle, copies of prescriptions
• Eyeglasses (with a copy of the prescription)
• Water (at least five gallons per person is recommended)
• Foods that do not require refrigeration
or cooking
• Items that infants and elderly household
members may require
• Medical equipment, such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc.
• Change of clothes for each household member
• Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
• Checkbook, cash, and credit cards
• Map of the area

Keep your important papers together, and know where they are. And, it's a good idea to always carry with you proof of residence. Important papers to take:

• Driver's license or personal identification; Social Security card
• Proof of residence (deed or lease)
• Insurance policies; Birth and marriage certificates
• Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
• Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns

Information Sources:
Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/evacuation.html
Family Disaster Supplies Kit (stock number A4463)
Your Family Disaster Plan (A4466)
Before Disaster Strikes:How to Make Sure You're Financially Prepared (A5075)
Ready.gov (FEMA) – http://www.ready.gov/make_a_kit.html

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