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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.
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The [[Emergency Preparedness]] and [[Wilderness Survival]] merit badges and the [[Emergency Preparedness BSA Award]] all 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.
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== Family Emergency Kit ==
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:''Based on the Family Emergency Kit in the [https://www.scoutshop.org/emergency-preparedness-merit-badge-pamphlet-622851.html Emergency Preparedness merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 622851] (2015 Printing) — Scouting.org
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If you have received a warning that requires you and your family to evacuate your home, you may have little time to throw together a few items or dash to a well-stocked emergency shelter. It woudl be better to have a box or suitcase of emergency supplies and water on hand to meet your family's needs for a few days or, better, for a week. These items come in handy in an emergency even if you do not have to evacuate. Some families keep their supplies in a basement shelter or in a storm cellar, if they have one.
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:____ '''Water.''' – Minimum of three-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day) stored in sealed, unbreakable containes such as plastic jugs
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:____ '''Food.''' – Nonperishable foods (including pet food) and a nonelectric can opener (be sure to check expiration dates)
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:____ '''Eating Utensils.'''
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:____ '''Special Foods.''' – Any special foods or other important items for babies, elderly people, or family members such as extra eyeglassed, prescription medications (if practical), portable devices, and battery chargers
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:____ '''[[First Aid Kit|Family First-Aid Kit]].'''
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:____ '''Radio.''' – Battery- or crank-powered radio
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:____ '''Light.''' – Flashlight or lantern or chemical light sticks
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:____ '''Batteries.''' – Extra batteries (stored seperately and rotated regularly with fresh ones)
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:____ '''Matches.''' – Matches in waterproof container and fire starting kit
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:____ '''Blankets.''' – Blankets or a sleeping bag for each family member
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:____ '''Clothing.''' – Extra clothing appropriate for the season
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:____ '''Masks.''' – Dust masks for air filtering
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:____ '''Soap.''' – Soap, wipes, or antibacterial gel for hand sanitation
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:____ '''Toilet Paper.'''
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:____ '''Toilet.''' – Emergency toilet, if needed (User a garbage container, bucket, or similar watertight container lined with plastic bags. Tie the bags near the top so as to allow for gas build up. Throw sawdust, cat litter, sand or dirt into the bag after each use to help contain odors and dry the waste.
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:____ '''Documents.''' – Copies of important family documents (such as identification, copies of insurance policies, prescriptions list, and emergency contact list with phone numbers and email addresses) kept in a waterproof container
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:____ '''Whistle.''' – Whistle to signal for help
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:____ '''Maps.''' – Local maps (for navigating to shelters; be sure sure to obtain the local map when you are visiting another area)
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:____ '''Money.''' – Cash and coins
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:____ '''Entertainment.''' – Books, games, and other personal comfort items
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:____ '''Sunscreen and Insect Repellent.'''
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== Major Preparedness Items ==
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:''Based on the Major Preparedness Items list in the [https://www.scoutshop.org/emergency-preparedness-merit-badge-pamphlet-622851.html Emergency Preparedness merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 622851] (2015 Printing) — Scouting.org
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The following items are helpful during an emergency or if you are safe staying in your home and an evacuation has not been ordered.
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:____ List of emergency telephone numbers and out-of-town contact person in case local lines are busy
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:____ Fire extinguisher (preferably a multipurpose one)
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:____ Tool kit (axe, shovel, broom, screwdriver, pliers, hammer, coil of ½-inch rope, coil of baling wire, duct tape, razor blades, adjustable wrench for turning off gas or water)
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:____ Simple chart showing where shutoff valves are located, including the main electrical switch
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:____ Portable fire escape ladder for homes or buildings of more than one level
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:____ Portable stove with appropriate fuel (used outdoors away from garage or carport to avoid the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning
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:____ Gloves and rags
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:____ Covered containers (that can be tightly sealed) for storing refuse
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:____ Garden hose kept near outside faucet at all times
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== Personal Emergency Service Pack ==
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:''Based on the Personal Emergency Service Pack list in the [https://www.scoutshop.org/emergency-preparedness-merit-badge-pamphlet-622851.html Emergency Preparedness merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 622851] (2015 Printing) — Scouting.org
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Be prepared for a mobilization call with a personal emergency service pack. You will be ready for many emergencies if you use the following checklist as you equip your pack.
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:____ Poncho or raincoat (with hood or rain hat)
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:____ Change of underwear and socks
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:____ Small bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, needle, thread. shoelaces, and toilet paper
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:____ Sleeping bag (or bedroll of two wool blankets) and waterproof ground cloth
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:____ Maps of areas where your troop is likely to serve
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:____ 50 feet of No. 5 sash cord or similar-size nylon cord
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:____ Pocket knife and ax and/or a saw
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:____ Water treatment equipment
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:____ Cook kit and canteen
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:____ Flashlight
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:____ Battery-powered radio
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:____ Extra batteries (stored separately)
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:____ Hard hat
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:____ Other equipment as determined by weather conditions (winter jacket, rubber boots, gloves, etc.)
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:____ Personal [[first-aid kit]] (You can order a personal first-aid kit through your local council service center, or you can make your own. Include gauze bandages and pads, adhesive bandages, soap, antibiotic ointment for burns, and roller bandages.)
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:____ Matches in a waterproof container
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:____ Emergency ration (such as energy bar, energy gel, etc; well-wrapped)
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:____ Pencil and small notebook
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:____ Bandana
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:____ Compass and map of the area (or a GPS; be sure you have a set of fresh batteries)
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:____ Watch (unless you usually wear one)
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:____ Facial tissues
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:____ Work gloves
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:____ Dust masks for filtering
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:____ Boots, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and goggles or safety glasses
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== Emergency Survival Kit ==
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:''From the [https://www.scoutshop.org/wilderness-survival-35966.html Wilderness Survival merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 35966] (2015 Printing) — ScoutShop.org
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Every survival kit begins with the [[Essentials_for_the_Outdoors#The_Ten_Essentials|Outdoor Essentials]]. Get into the habit of having them with you on every trip into the backcountry.<br>
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Adding some or all of the following items to your emergency kit can come in hand during survival situations.
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:____ '''Duct Tape.''' &ndash; Wrap a length of it around a plastic water bottle and you will always have some handy.
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:____ '''Whistle.''' &ndash; A whistle can be heard for longer distnances than shouting can and requires less energy.
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:____ '''Signal Mirror.''' &ndash; A metal signal mirror can be slipped into your first-aid kit or a side pocket of your pack. Keep it in its case or slip it inside a spare sock to protect it from becoming scratched and dull.
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:____ '''Thin Wire.''' &ndash; A few feet of thin wire can come in handy for repairing camping gear.
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:____ '''Garbage Bag.''' &ndash; A heavy-duty 30- to 39-gallon plastic bag, preferably in a bright color, can be used for emergency rain gear, to protect tinder and kindling from the rain, and to shield your sleeping bag and other equipment.
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:____ '''Fishing Line and Hooks.''' &ndash; Fifty feet of nylon fishing line can have many uses for making repairs. Add a few hooks and you will have the gear you need to try fishing in lakes and streams.
== Household Emegency Kit ==
== Household Emegency Kit ==
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:''From the [http://www.scouting.org/Media/Publications/EmergencyPreparedness/kit.aspx Boy Scouts of America Emergency Preparedness Kit]
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:''This list was from the Boy Scouts of America Emergency Preparedness Kit web page published at http://www.scouting.org/Media/Publications/EmergencyPreparedness/kit.aspx. That link no longer works. Here is a link to a [https://web.archive.org/web/20140724190706/http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/media/publications/emergencypreparedness/kit.aspx July 24, 2014 archived copy] of that web page at www.archive.org.
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.
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.
:____ '''Water.''' Have at least one gallon per person per day.
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:____ '''Pet supplies.''' Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, tags, medications, and vaccination information.
:____ '''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.
:____ '''Map and Compass.''' Consider marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.
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;Other items from the Emergency Preparedness Pamphlet (Book}:
 
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:____ '''Sleeping bag.''' (or bedroll of two wool blankets) and waterproof ground cloth
 
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:____ '''Poncho or raincoat.''' (with hood, hat, or sou'wester)
 
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:____ '''Matches.''' or other fire starting tools
 
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:____ '''Work gloves'''
 
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:____ '''50 feet cord.''' No. 5 sash cord or similar-sized nylon cord
 
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:____ '''Hard hat.'''
 
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:____ '''Other equipment.''' as determined by weather (winter jacket, rubber boots, gloves, etc)
 
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:____ '''Pencil and small notebook.'''
 
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:____ '''Watch.''' (unless you usually wear one)
 
== Related Awards ==
== Related Awards ==
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==See also==
==See also==
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* [http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit Ready.gov Build A Kit] &mdash; Ready.gov
;First Aid Links
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{{First Aid Links}}
{{First Aid Links}}
;[[Essentials for the Outdoors|Camping Checklist]]
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* Boy Scout [[Camping|Camping Merit Badge]]
* Boy Scout [[Camping|Camping Merit Badge]]
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* Webelos [[Outdoorsman|Webelos Outdoorsman]] (discontinued)
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* Boy Scout [[First Aid|First Aid Merit Badge]]
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* Boy Scout [[Emergency Preparedness|Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge]]
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* Boy Scout [[Wilderness Survival|Wilderness Survival Merit Badge]]
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* [[Webelos-AoL Elective Adventure: Castaway]]
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Revision as of 05:34, August 16, 2018

The Emergency Preparedness and Wilderness Survival merit badges and the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award all 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.

Contents


Family Emergency Kit

Based on the Family Emergency Kit in the Emergency Preparedness merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 622851 (2015 Printing) — Scouting.org

If you have received a warning that requires you and your family to evacuate your home, you may have little time to throw together a few items or dash to a well-stocked emergency shelter. It woudl be better to have a box or suitcase of emergency supplies and water on hand to meet your family's needs for a few days or, better, for a week. These items come in handy in an emergency even if you do not have to evacuate. Some families keep their supplies in a basement shelter or in a storm cellar, if they have one.

____ Water. – Minimum of three-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day) stored in sealed, unbreakable containes such as plastic jugs
____ Food. – Nonperishable foods (including pet food) and a nonelectric can opener (be sure to check expiration dates)
____ Eating Utensils.
____ Special Foods. – Any special foods or other important items for babies, elderly people, or family members such as extra eyeglassed, prescription medications (if practical), portable devices, and battery chargers
____ Family First-Aid Kit.
____ Radio. – Battery- or crank-powered radio
____ Light. – Flashlight or lantern or chemical light sticks
____ Batteries. – Extra batteries (stored seperately and rotated regularly with fresh ones)
____ Matches. – Matches in waterproof container and fire starting kit
____ Blankets. – Blankets or a sleeping bag for each family member
____ Clothing. – Extra clothing appropriate for the season
____ Masks. – Dust masks for air filtering
____ Soap. – Soap, wipes, or antibacterial gel for hand sanitation
____ Toilet Paper.
____ Toilet. – Emergency toilet, if needed (User a garbage container, bucket, or similar watertight container lined with plastic bags. Tie the bags near the top so as to allow for gas build up. Throw sawdust, cat litter, sand or dirt into the bag after each use to help contain odors and dry the waste.
____ Documents. – Copies of important family documents (such as identification, copies of insurance policies, prescriptions list, and emergency contact list with phone numbers and email addresses) kept in a waterproof container
____ Whistle. – Whistle to signal for help
____ Maps. – Local maps (for navigating to shelters; be sure sure to obtain the local map when you are visiting another area)
____ Money. – Cash and coins
____ Entertainment. – Books, games, and other personal comfort items
____ Sunscreen and Insect Repellent.

Major Preparedness Items

Based on the Major Preparedness Items list in the Emergency Preparedness merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 622851 (2015 Printing) — Scouting.org

The following items are helpful during an emergency or if you are safe staying in your home and an evacuation has not been ordered.

____ List of emergency telephone numbers and out-of-town contact person in case local lines are busy
____ Fire extinguisher (preferably a multipurpose one)
____ Tool kit (axe, shovel, broom, screwdriver, pliers, hammer, coil of ½-inch rope, coil of baling wire, duct tape, razor blades, adjustable wrench for turning off gas or water)
____ Simple chart showing where shutoff valves are located, including the main electrical switch
____ Portable fire escape ladder for homes or buildings of more than one level
____ Portable stove with appropriate fuel (used outdoors away from garage or carport to avoid the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning
____ Gloves and rags
____ Covered containers (that can be tightly sealed) for storing refuse
____ Garden hose kept near outside faucet at all times

Personal Emergency Service Pack

Based on the Personal Emergency Service Pack list in the Emergency Preparedness merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 622851 (2015 Printing) — Scouting.org

Be prepared for a mobilization call with a personal emergency service pack. You will be ready for many emergencies if you use the following checklist as you equip your pack.

____ Poncho or raincoat (with hood or rain hat)
____ Change of underwear and socks
____ Small bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, needle, thread. shoelaces, and toilet paper
____ Sleeping bag (or bedroll of two wool blankets) and waterproof ground cloth
____ Maps of areas where your troop is likely to serve
____ 50 feet of No. 5 sash cord or similar-size nylon cord
____ Pocket knife and ax and/or a saw
____ Water treatment equipment
____ Cook kit and canteen
____ Flashlight
____ Battery-powered radio
____ Extra batteries (stored separately)
____ Hard hat
____ Other equipment as determined by weather conditions (winter jacket, rubber boots, gloves, etc.)
____ Personal first-aid kit (You can order a personal first-aid kit through your local council service center, or you can make your own. Include gauze bandages and pads, adhesive bandages, soap, antibiotic ointment for burns, and roller bandages.)
____ Matches in a waterproof container
____ Emergency ration (such as energy bar, energy gel, etc; well-wrapped)
____ Pencil and small notebook
____ Bandana
____ Compass and map of the area (or a GPS; be sure you have a set of fresh batteries)
____ Watch (unless you usually wear one)
____ Facial tissues
____ Work gloves
____ Dust masks for filtering
____ Boots, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and goggles or safety glasses

Emergency Survival Kit

From the Wilderness Survival merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 35966 (2015 Printing) — ScoutShop.org

Every survival kit begins with the Outdoor Essentials. Get into the habit of having them with you on every trip into the backcountry.

Adding some or all of the following items to your emergency kit can come in hand during survival situations.

____ Duct Tape. – Wrap a length of it around a plastic water bottle and you will always have some handy.
____ Whistle. – A whistle can be heard for longer distnances than shouting can and requires less energy.
____ Signal Mirror. – A metal signal mirror can be slipped into your first-aid kit or a side pocket of your pack. Keep it in its case or slip it inside a spare sock to protect it from becoming scratched and dull.
____ Thin Wire. – A few feet of thin wire can come in handy for repairing camping gear.
____ Garbage Bag. – A heavy-duty 30- to 39-gallon plastic bag, preferably in a bright color, can be used for emergency rain gear, to protect tinder and kindling from the rain, and to shield your sleeping bag and other equipment.
____ Fishing Line and Hooks. – Fifty feet of nylon fishing line can have many uses for making repairs. Add a few hooks and you will have the gear you need to try fishing in lakes and streams.

Household Emegency Kit

This list was from the Boy Scouts of America Emergency Preparedness Kit web page published at http://www.scouting.org/Media/Publications/EmergencyPreparedness/kit.aspx. That link no longer works. Here is a link to a July 24, 2014 archived copy of that web page at www.archive.org.

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.

Related Awards

Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

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