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There are many things you may need in an emergency or during a disaster. These things should be in a duffle bag or backpack so you can take them with you easily if you have to leave your house. Here is a list of some of the most important things:

  • Mess kits, or plates and cups made of paper or plastic
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Non-electric can opener and utility knife (like a Swiss Army knife)
  • Fire extinguisher (ABC type)
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Signal flares
  • Paper and pencils
  • Needle and thread
  • Shut-off wrench to turn off the gas and water to your house
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Whistle
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Plastic bucket with a tight lid
  • Plastic garbage bags
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