Do you remember the fable "The Ants and the Grasshopper" by Aesop? It's not only important to be prepared for winter, it's important to be prepared for other acts of nature.
It's important to have three kits: one for home, one for work, and one for the car. Include water pouches when putting together emergency kits (exempli gratia Datrex emergency water packets). Keep the expiration dates of non-perishable goods in your emergency kits on your calendar.
Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.
Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit and manual.
Sanitation and hygiene items.
Matches and waterproof container.
Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
Cash and coins.
Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
Other items to meet your unique family needs.
Cookies will keep stored in the freezer for four months.
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