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Emergency Items You Need to Have Packed and Ready to Go

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11. Bleach

In an emergency, bleach is a disinfecting supply. Bleach can be especially helpful after a natural disaster because it can be used to remove mold and kill harmful bacteria. Also, bleach can be used to make water potable if boiling it is not an option. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can make purifying water safer for drinking with bleach is generally done by adding eight drops of unscented bleach to a gallon of water.

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12. Cash

You can’t always trust technology during an emergency. Depending on the disaster, power may be out, credit cards may not work, and ATM machines may be out of order. Keep extra cash for at least three days in your disaster stockpile.

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13. IDs and other documents

Copies of passport, ID cards, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies — such important legal documents are good to have in case of an emergency. Keep them in a waterproof, portable container.

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14. Gloves

Chances are that during an emergency situation you’ll need to do most everything by hand. In that case you should have good protective gloves to keep from getting splinters or blisters. Also keep a few pairs of disposable gloves in case you need to attend to wounds or protect your skin from toxic substances. Depending on the season, you may also want to store an extra pair of warm winter gloves.

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15. First aid kit

You can build your own first aid kit or you can buy one. There are many different kinds of kits on the market. A basic emergency supply kit usually comes with gloves, CPR mask, gauze, medical tape, bandages, cleaning wipes, antibiotic cream, and Tylenol (acetaminophen).