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The Emergency Preparedness merit badge and the Emergency Preparedness Award both include requirements about emergency kits. The following information is provided as an illustration of good content for emergency kits. You may wish to put other things in your kits.

Household Emegency Kit

From the Boy Scouts of America Emergency Preparedness Kit

What you have on hand when a disaster happens could make a big difference. Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days.

____ Water. Have at least one gallon per person per day.
____ Food. Pack non-perishable, high-protein items, including energy bars, ready-to-eat soup, peanut butter, etc. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
____ Flashlight. Include extra batteries.
____ First Aid Kit Include a reference guide.
____ Medications. Don't forget both prescription and non-prescription items.
____ Battery-operated Weather radio. Include extra batteries.
____ Tools. Gather a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, a manual can opener, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, knife, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and garbage bags and ties.
____ Clothing. Provide a change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves.
____ Personal Items. Remember eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution; copies of important papers, including identification cards, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, etc.; and comfort items such as toys and books.
____ Hygiene & Sanitary Items. Small bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, facial tissues, towelettes, needle, thread, shoelaces, toilet paper, bleach
____ Money. Have cash. (ATMs and credit cards won't work if the power is out.)
____ Contact information. Include a current list of family phone numbers and e-mail addresses, including someone out of the area who may be easier to reach by e-mail if local phone lines are overloaded.
____ Pet supplies. Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, tags, medications, and vaccination information.
____ Map and Compass. Consider marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.


Other items from the Emergency Preparedness Pamphlet (Book}
____ Sleeping bag. (or bedroll of two wool blankets) and waterproof ground cloth
____ Poncho or raincoat. (with hood, hat, or sou'wester)
____ Matches. or other fire starting tools
____ Work gloves
____ 50 feet cord. No. 5 sash cord or similar-sized nylon cord
____ Hard hat.
____ Other equipment. as determined by weather (winter jacket, rubber boots, gloves, etc)
____ Pencil and small notebook.
____ Watch. (unless you usually wear one)

Related Awards

Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

First Aid Links
Camping Checklist
First Aid Kit
Emergency Kit
Personal tools
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