What is a list of items you should include in an earthquake kit?


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An adequate earthquake survival kit includes a first aid kit, a home survival kit, a car survival kit and a work survival kit. The first aid kit and home survival kit should have enough supplies to last for three days.

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What is a list of items you should include in an earthquake kit?
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A first aid kit must include medications, wound dressings and other medical supplies. Keep these components in a tackle box to protect them from water damage and make them easy to carry. Include among the medications any prescription medications, alcohol swabs, aspirin and non-aspirin pills, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, diarrhea medicine and eye drops. Storing the medications in the refrigerator keeps them safe from fire as well. Include dressings and other supplies like tape, bandage strips, gauze, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, tissues, sanitary napkins, sunscreen and soap.

A home survival kit includes a change of clothes, sturdy shoes for walking safely through debris, toilet paper, food, water, waterproof matches, sleeping bags, a tent, a knife, gloves, candles, a flashlight, duct tape, cash and a portable radio. Keeping a fire extinguisher, shovel, pick ax, garden hose, hammer and other tools near the home survival kit is also advisable.

A car survival kit should include as much of the first aid and home survival kits as possible but also jumper cables, a map, rope and some sort of signaling device. A work survival kit should include sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, essential medication, a small first aid kit, a flashlight, bottled water, non-perishable food and a whistle.

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