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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Emergency Supply Kit<

What should everyone in Los Angeles have? No, not an agent. You should have a fully stocked supply kit, ready to go, in case of an emergency. It should be kept in an easy-to-reach place, and every family member should know where the kit is. You can either build the emergency kit yourself or purchase it from a Red Cross store or another local supply outlet. Here are some of the important items that should be included.

  • Prescription medications and eyeglasses
  • Infant formula and diapers (if applicable)
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, bank account records, I.D. cards and, in case of separation, photos of family members and pets for identification
  • Cash and traveler’s checks
  • Backpack
  • Battery powered flashlight (batteries included)
  • Cell phone charger (batteries included)
  • Nutrition/protein bars
  • Canned foods and juices
  • Eating Utensils
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Water (at least 1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet (if applicable)
  • Work Gloves
  • Light Sticks (3 each; one lasts 12 hours)
  • Moist towelettes
  • Breathing Masks (NIOSH-N95)
  • Plastic Sheeting (10'x10')
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Roll of Duct Tape
  • Whistle
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. (Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.)
  • Personal Hygiene Kit (includes shampoo/body wash, wash cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, deodorant)
  • Books, games and/or puzzles for children
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Battery-operated radio or TV
  • Local maps

Obviously, you won’t be able to fit all of this into one kit. So clear out some space in your closet or garage for storing it. Each person has different needs. Review this list and decide what’s right for you and your family.


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