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      FROM RIA: my main list is on the broke computer so this is done from memory
      – if I had the time I’d pull apart the car emergency box, the butt packs,
      first aid pack etc etc .. so this is just free thought not in order of importance

      This is my opinion .. at the very least you need water & your emergency
      buttpacks .. I have found mini backpacks and buttpacks for the littles .. LL Beans
      carries a mini backpack, but today minipack pack style purses can also be found

      NOTE 1: all my packs have an inventory list AND a list of things that need to
      be put in ie: batteries are not left in the flashlights, I have a drawer full
      of batteries at all times so it’s an easy grab

      TO DO:
      start walking with your kids .. most Americans don’t walk, and having to hike
      in an emergency with blisters, breathing or heart problems etc is not a good
      thing .. build up endurance

      all kids need to know their name, mom & dads name- John & Jane Smith, if
      another person will be your backup kids knowing George Smith in Dayton OH is
      helpful .. make sure you have the information film cannisters in their backpacks
      (another reason for the mini backpack packs for kids)

      if you are in the city, and do not have transportation – you are going to
      have to pare down what you bring and come up with ways to carry your gear .. when
      my kids were little I used baby harnesses, for evac I would definately have
      all the kids tied to me one way or another .. having a stroller to haul the
      littlest and some gear will help .. I saw one woman hauling gear in a wheeled
      storage tote .. wheeled garbage cans would work too

      if you have older kids have them learn CPR & the family can take class
      together .. first aid class – even a do it yourself as part of Homeschool Health
      course

      make some of the foods in the backyard using only what you have in emergency
      buttpacks .. what do you need to add or change on directions?

      practice making fuzz sticks .. take a knife and cut slivers and stop, make
      more pretty soon the little stick looks like a Christmas tree, these burn fairly
      easily

      go camping, even if it’s just in your yard or local state park ..check with
      local rec center, church, friends for tents etc .. use freecycle for it ..

      do your kids know how to drive? find an empty parking lot .. my requirment
      was that they could back up all the way around the industial circle .. I figured
      if they were hunting or fishing with Bert and something happened having them
      do a 3+ point turn on lumber roads with sides of roads going into gullies was
      not a good idea .. my kids can back up between skinny little lines

      I’M BROKE or DON’T HAVE THESE THINGS:
      If you need to evac out fast .. a pillow case can carry food etc .. boxed
      goods on shelf can be used, rice a roni ? toss in ziplock tear off directions etc
      etc – boxes take up valuable space ..

      hit yard sales, local sal army, etc for some backpacks .. dump your kids
      backpack & use it

      recycled coke bottles work great for water, especially in the emergency butt
      packs .. my kids got their bike pack/emergency butt pack for Yule one year
      along with the start of some gear for it .. some we fashioned (cooking pots from
      veggie cans), some we already had but was spread around (flashlights, small
      knives etc) all got put together in one place – now its ready to go if needed
      RINSE ALL CONTAINERS WITH BLEACH THEN FILL WITH WATER

      EMERGENCIES:
      some of us will have warnings .. we hear about the ice or snow storm coming,
      the hurricane .. but tornados& earthquakes are another story – you really have
      no advanced warnings of where the darn things will go, etc .. for tornados
      have your gear in storm shelter, not in closet in house

      FILM CANNISTERS: love these things – use a sharpie to label them
      (*check places that do 1 hour service they will usually be glad to give you
      some) ..

      one cannister with waxed matches, extra finger nail file (use to scrape the
      matches on), some cotton lint from drier ..

      one with one set of latex gloves (in fact make up extra and toss in your
      glove box etc) ..

      film cannisters can also be used to hold identification papers and put in
      buttpacks

      snadwich baggie and twist tie spices and put in film cannisters

      sewing kit for repairs- needles, dental floss, jean patches (when kids cut
      off jeans I save a few squares)

      fishing line, hooks .. extra string

      I tend to have first aid tape wrapped around most film cannisters, in an
      emrgency its very handy stuff (almost as good as duct tape )

      MONEY:
      split cash up – do not carry a roll .. put in various spots .. you will need
      more than you think, price gouging seems very common … since most of us
      don’t keep huge amounts home this can be a problem .. a jar of change may not seem
      like much but it can help .. try to putl a dollar bill every few days into an
      envelope, get a slush fund started for emergency use
      if gas stations, grocery stores, hotels are taking plastic, use plastic when
      possible instead of cash .. don’t depend on plastic, if phone lines are down
      the machines are not working

      PAPERWORK:
      I will have to put the sites for masters of various forms .. its filed

      identification of people is a huge problem .. parents put their kids on
      trucks, buses etc anything to get them out of NO, some of these kids still do not
      have their parents .. we are currently filling a trailer with stuff for a gym
      full of kids with no parents .. having the contact info would at least give
      your kids a place to go rather than a gym of strangers .. NOTE this gym is only
      to age 13 so if you have a 6 yr old and a 14 yr old they would be separated,
      better they went to your best friends etc ..

      fingerprint and have hair samples (include root if possible wrap in acid free
      paper) .. include the dentist & Dr/ped name .. any health issues, what meds
      you are on and why .. family members their phone, email and address, if you
      plan on your kids living with someone else if you die make sure this info is on
      this paper too … duplicate this info – one copy in medication bag, one copy
      with each adult & child .. this will fit in a film cannister in buttpack (I’d
      still put it in a zip lock too – this is your kids safety line to help)
      ..
      copy of birthcertificate, wills, medical power of attorney, living will etc
      etc .. sharpie to write S/S# on arm if needed .. freezer ziplocks, double bag
      these .. my PDA has all this info and more so it’s in my normal purse
      (*buttpack) during a packout it’d be in a ziplock as extra protection

      make sure your kids guardians have a certified copy of your will, include
      medical history for each kid too

      GUNS ETC:
      I have no hesitation about using guns for protection .. emergencies and panic
      can create a Lord of the Flies mentality .. people became savages ..

      the numbers of people that were killed and raped was not limited to adults,
      they pulled a 6yo girl’s body from one of the shelters that had been gang raped
      and died .. those that did not make it to the shelters were also at risk,
      husbands and male members of groups were executed and the females raped .. car
      jackings .. one group banded together with guns and were able to protect
      themselves – its on one of the lists Berts on – horror stories that are not making
      the news

      holsters so handguns can be carried easily, clip style will hook to emergency
      butt packs .. guns are a personal item so everyone should be extremly
      familiar with what they are carrying for first use .. can you load in the dark? can
      you find the safety without looking? etc etc .. I am more comfortable with
      revolvers, so thats my main carry, but will have the .380 or 357 as back up

      shot guns (just the noise as you jack it may be enough that “they” will
      decide to move on) ..

      we plan on some 22’s as we would be heading out to country, a 22 can get meat
      on the table ..

      ammo .. I had wanted to reduce the types of ammo needed but we all are
      comfortable with different guns, Bert likes the semi-suto 9’s .. I like 38 and 357’s
      .. Jake is working out on my .380 ..Bonnie is working on my old star 38 .. so
      for us that means numerous types of ammo will need packed

      NOTE: the kids have all been through hunter safety course and sat through my
      concealed weapons class, for us family time is spent on range

      FEET:
      good shoes or hiking boots .. socks socks – not a typo – the old maxim, “the
      army marches on it’s feet”, refers to keeping feet dry and wound free .. the
      FlyLady would be proud – tie shoes – this means sneakers at minimum – people
      lost their shoes in the floods, walking on glass, rocks, hazardous waste is
      not a good thing with bare feet .. if you have space, pack more than one pair
      per person – wet shoes cause blisters and are very uncomfortable, in winter wet
      feet can mean you loose your feet

      PETS:
      we carry dry food for them in zips .. meds and medical info also in zip bag
      ..

      I invested in a fold down fabric style carrier for the cats – it takes up
      less space in closet than the hardshell .. sew a pocket on it for medical info ..

      have harness and leashes in closet for dogs .. is your dog trained to carry
      paniers? if not this is a great project for the kids to try – a dog can carry
      their own food, depending on size it can carry more ..

      NOTE: if you have a well trained large dog – this is another great place to
      put money .. collars can be made with pocket for money

      LIGHTING:
      carry extra flashlightlight bulbs, all flashlights should use the same kinds
      of batteries .. the minimag style are great in butt packs ..you can find the
      double lights that are on your head ( great if you are walking through dark
      areas), these are also double A’s … a larger flashlight for person on point
      through areas at night may be needed .. WM and other stores carry a headlamp for
      under $10, this leaves you hands free

      you can find candle lanterns in camping supply stores – these are cheap and
      handy at night .. they put out a low glow without depleting the batteries

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