Natural Disaster Survival Kit Checklist

Posted by Rachel Auerbach on Wed, Mar 19, 2014

New Jersey is prone to heat waves, hurricanes, ice storms and nor'easters, according to this USA Today interactive graphic. Learn how to be prepared in case you get caught up in one of these natural disasters!

1. The first thing to bring is water. FEMA recommends one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days.

2. Next, non-perishable foods. These include protein/power bars, trail mix, peanutbutter, crackers, cereal and canned tuna, fruit, vegetables and beans. And make sure you have a non-electric can opener.

3. You should pack your daily medications plus band-aids, bandages, dust mask, hydrogen peroxide, neosporin, aspirin, eye-drops and bug spray. You should also throw in a whistle in case you need to signal for help.

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4. Pack a flashlight, and don't forget to bring extra batteries! Also extra tools such as a wrench, plier and even duct tape can come in handy.

5. Always have emergency cash on hand. If the power goes out, you won't be able to use your credit card or access money through an ATM.

6. Bring extra clothing and blankets.

7. Of course, your cell phone and charger. However, you should also bring local maps because if there is a power outage or you don't have service, your mobile GPS won't do you any good. In addition, a battery powered NOAA radio could be helpful.

8. Don't forget personal hygiene items such as a travel toothbrush, toothpaste and moist towelettes.

9. It's also smart to bring personal documents.

10. Last but not least, bring a pen and paper in case you need to write down important notes, phone numbers or directions. You can also use pen and paper to keep yourself occupied if the power goes out, or bring a book.

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