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Prepare an all-hazards supply kit

May 15, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Having a basic survival kit ready to sustain yourself and your family after an emergency is an essential part of preparation.

Think first about basic survival needs: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Store your supplies in a portable container as close as possible to an exit and review the contents of your kit a few times a year The change between daylight savings and standard time and back again are a good reminder.

Start your kit by reviewing the lists below. Don't get overwhelmed and budget by picking up one or two items on each shopping trip/

* Food service needs

* Personal items

* Sanitation/cleaning supplies

* Pets and service animals

* Basic safety equipment

* Basic tools

* Miscellaneous items

* Medical equipment

* Disinfect water with bleach

Use household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: 9 parts water to 1 part bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Use 16 drops of bleach to 1 gallon of water to treat water in an emergency, but do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.

This supply kit is a good start, but depending on your situation, you may need more or less items to survive after an emergency.

Another good idea is to use a container or suitcase with rollers to store and move your kit.

Emergency responders may not be able to get to you immediately after a disaster. Being prepared means choosing to be a hurricane survivor.

Source: Lee County Emergency Management



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