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Supplies for Preparedness You Might Not Have Thought Of

It is a good idea to have items in your home for any emergencies that can occur from a variety of disasters. Preparing for emergency situations requires having some unusual things in your home or vehicle. Here are some of the emergency supplies that are recommended by experts.

Dust or Gas Mask

During a crisis, it is possible that dust or gas will be in your area, and breathing in these types of contamination can make you ill. However, you can find dust and gas masks easily at nearby or online stores. Inexpensive dust masks are available in the home improvement areas of many stores, but you will likely need to find a specialized survival supply store to buy a gas mask. In addition, a gas mask must fit better over your face than a dust mask does.

Duct Tape

You may see television programs where survivalists use duct tape in several ways, and you might laugh about keeping this item in an emergency kit. However, duct tape is a versatile and easy to find item that you should have in your home. You can find basic gray or black duct tape in an assortment of widths, but this type of tape is also available in other colors. It is possible to use a bright red, orange or yellow duct tape to help someone find you in an emergency.

Isopropyl Alcohol

When you want something that you can use to clean wounds, isopropyl alcohol 100 is an excellent choice. Bottles of this liquid is available at a drugstore or a supermarket, making this emergency supply easy for you to purchase. Isopropyl alcohol is also known as rubbing alcohol, and this antiseptic is also useful for cleaning surfaces that may have contamination from a variety of pathogens.

Plastic Bags

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Stockpiling an assortment of plastic bags can save your life during an emergency. You can use small plastic bags to cover your hands while picking up dirty or contaminated items. You can cut apart huge plastic bags to make a tent as protection from rain or snow. It is possible to carry many items in a waterproof plastic bag that is slung over your shoulder or strapped to your back.

When you need to store emergency supplies, look for a clean and dry place in your home. You should inform everyone in your family where to find the items. Experts also suggest keeping some emergency supplies in your vehicle in case you are away from home when a disaster occurs.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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