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Everyone who may be caught out in an emergency or who is on call for emergencies should keep personal supplies in their car or at work. Here are some suggestions for what to put in it.
Duffel bag – tag with name and cell number
Change of clothes – long pants, t-shirt and long sleeve shirt
3 pairs of underwear ( and pantiliners for women)
Walking shoes and 3 pairs of socks
Towel and washcloth – distinctive pattern
Zipper storage bag with toothbrush & paste, comb & brush, soap,
deodorant, razor, sanitary pads
Personal medicines for 2 weeks in labeled bottles
Flashlight, radio, book, high calorie snacks
Contact information with long-distance numbers
You need long pants and a long sleeve shirt to protect yourself from cuts and contamination. A t-shirt allows you to layer for warmth or change to stay cool. There are several changes of underwear and socks because keeping these clean and dry is more important than your outer clothes. Make sure you have sturdy comfortable shoes that you could walk several miles in if you had to.
Your towel and washcloth should have a pattern that you can recognize. If everyone has their own, they can be used for days without washing. Put your personal items in a zipper storage bag with your name on it. This keeps them together and clean. If your medicines are in the bag, it will help you remember them.
Everyone should have their own good flash light and radio. This way the group has lots of spares. Keep leisure reading for down times. This is a good way to relieve stress and get to sleep. Make it entertaining and something you can trade when you have finished. If the Bible, Torah, Koran or other religious text is part of your daily life, make sure you have a copy in your bag.
Add a card that has all the contact information for you and your family. You may not remember your sister-in-law’s phone number when you need it.
23 March 2009