Build a Survival Kit : Tips and Advice
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Build a Survival Kit

by Terry Koch on 03/13/15

While not all emergencies may be expected, being prepared when a disaster hits can keep individuals safe.  Building a disaster supplies kit often requires homeowners to think ahead of the items they may require in the event of an emergency.

While people in different parts of the country face different disasters, when an emergency hits, having food, water and supplies on hand to last for at least 72 hours is important.

During an emergency, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, weeks or longer. 

Survival kits should be included at home, work and inside vehicles.  Enough food, water, and supplies for at least three days should be included in the kit along with comfortable shoes in case an evacuation requires walking a long distance.

Car emergency kids should include jumper cables, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kits, water, an AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports, an ice scraper and more.

In addition to survival kits, there are a few possessions homeowners should keep protected in the event of an emergency.  These include property insurance policies and agent contact information, passports, birth certificates, social security cards and more.  A few additional items to store in a fireproof security box include jewelry, cash, spare keys, and a digital copy of family photos on an external hard drive.

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