Just what's in your survival kit?

What would you do if a disaster struck and you had to survive for three days with no supplies? What if you had to leave your home in a hurry and be gone for three days? According to the October 2010 edition of Aging Arkansas, everyone should keep an emergency disaster kit packed and ready because there may not be time when disaster strikes.

These are some of the basics things everyone should have in an emergency survival kit:

Water may not be available if your water supply has become contaminated or shut off. Store at least one gallon of water per person, per day and change stored water every six months.

Food items to include: ready to eat meats, fruits and vegetables; canned or boxed juices, milk and soup; high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, low-sodium crackers, granola bars and trail mix; foods for persons on special diets; cookies, hard candy, instant coffee, cereals and powdered milk. Date each item before placing in your kit. Replace items every six months. Don't forget a manual can opener.

First Aid supplies should include your prescription medications. Storing some medications for long periods of time is not advised. Always keep your medications together so, in the event of disaster; you can collect them quickly. Don't forget over-the-counter medicines you commonly take like aspirin or vitamins. Also include a basic first aid kit in case of personal injuries.

Tools essential to your survival:

• A portable, battery-powered radio or television with extra batteries

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• Matches is a water proof container

• Shut-off wrench, pliers, shovel, other tools

• Work gloves

• All-purpose knife

• Paper plates, plastic utensils, foil, plastic wrap and resealable bags

• Personal hygiene items for bathing, shaving, etc.

• Person identification, cash (including change) and a credit card, copies of drivers license, Social Security card, insurance papers, bank and credit card account numbers and any other pertinent documents, emergency contact names and phones numbers.

The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620. Information is also periodically provided by the Behavioral Health Services North Caregiver Resource Center. They may be reached at 565-4543 or 565-4625.

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