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

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

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

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 <g>

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

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

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 <g>)

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

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

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

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

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

carry extra flashlightlight bulbs, all flashlights should use the same kinds
of batteries .. the minimag style are great in butt packs 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