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What to put in my disaster preparation kit

My friend is part of this group that stresses disaster preparedness.  After he talked to me about it, I realized I’m really not prepared at all.  

I’ve decided to get supplies that would be helpful in the case of a natural disaster, or in the event of a terrorist attack or something similar. I know I should purchase canned food, bottled water, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, etc. What are some other things I should include that I might be missing?

“The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention.” Kevin Kelly
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1068689 tn?1325827206
I work as a volunteer in emergency management in my city as an Amateur Radio operator. We do a lot of emergency training and preparation at times. Having a disaster kit is always a good idea.

Some things I have done is to ensure there is a kit in each of my vehicles. A 1-3 day kit is usually good. I also have a large kit for my family at my home that will last for 2 weeks for a family of 5. Also each of my kids have a single kit that they have in their backpacks when they go out. These are pretty small but have the essentials in them.

There are so many ways to make a kit and you can do so without emptying your piggy bank. "Ready.gov" is a great place for you to start looking I think.
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1223598 tn?1289968459
Personally I figure a wilderness survival kit is similar and more suited to my needs. Just like extreme back backing, I would think that during and after a disaster I will need my kit as lightweight as possible so it is easy to carry around, especially if i have to run.
My list of contents would include, "first aid skills"

- Iodine Tablets and Bleach for purifying dirty water
- Lightweight water flask for drinking.
- First Aid Kit, such as Gauze dressings, needle, triangle bandage, anti infection creams, tape, ect.
- Pain medications, or medications needed.
- Face mask in case of hazardous pollution
- wind proof weather durable matches, magnesium for fire starting
- thin light waterproof jacket / clothing or a few garbage bags.
- lightweight sleeping bag
- stock up on beef jerkey
- a candle
- knife, binder twine
- phone numbers, important papers, some cash
- optional, lightweight expensive tent. lightweight tents cost a lot, light tarp.

you may need to carry 3 days worth of fresh water, food supplies, a change of correct  clothes, a battery powered radio, extra batteries, i am going to think up a wardrobe for myself during each disaster, for example if it floods I dont want to be wearing huge baggy jeans

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1029273 tn?1472231494
* Waterproof bags
* Machete
* Camp Shovel
* M.R.E.'s
* T.P
* knowledge to know how to build a shelter
* a man, or mule who can haul all of this gear :)

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