What To Keep Handy When It’s An Emergency

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Sooner or later, most of us will have to face some kind of emergency. It’s best to be ready. That means knowing exactly what you’re going to bring with you, often when there’s very little time to pack. Here are the essentials.
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Non-Perishable Foods

Assume that at some point you’ll have no access to either refrigeration or cooking facilities. Basics include peanut butter, bread and canned foods. Keep everything in waterproof containers. Remember high protein foods such as nuts and protein bars.
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Medication And Equipment

If you or anyone in your household suffers a chronic illness, or is sick at the time of the emergency, don’t forget to pack whatever medicine and equipment might be needed.
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Power Source

This includes everything from a portable generator to extra batteries to wooden matches.
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Baby Supplies

Bottles, powder, baby food and more might not be able to be found when you’re out in the middle of… whatever.
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Flares

Depending upon the nature of the emergency, you might be able to signal search and rescue personnel with flares. They’re also not bad for warding off predators.
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Manual Can Opener

Remember, even if you don’t bring canned food, you might come across some. They do all the time on ‘The Walking Dead.’
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Rope

While a bit bulky, rope can be indispensable for moving people and objects through rushing water or across distances without infrastructure like staircases.
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Extra Toilet Paper

This goes without saying. Anything you might have to substitute FOR toilet paper is a lousy alternative.
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Battery-Powered Radios and Flashlights

You’ll need to be able to see in the dark, and you’ll need to be alert to any information coming from authorities, such as ‘Don’t go north. That’s where the monster is.’
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Extra Eyeglasses Or Contact Lenses

Remember Burgess Meredith in that ‘Twilight Zone’ about the guy whose glasses broke? Don’t be that guy.
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Sturdy Shoes

For you and your whole group. This isn’t the time for high heels, no matter how cute those fire fighters are.
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Spiritual Support

This can be anything from your holy book to a deck of cards. Emergencies aren’t all braving white waters, raging fires and Velociraptor swarms. There’s often a tremendous amount of dead time.
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