An emergency kit can be a lifesaver in a typhoon. The damage these storms are capable of doing can leave you fending for yourself as emergency personnel struggle to stabilize large areas. The basics of a typhoon kit are:
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1. Two quality flashlights. One of the best on the market is the Maglite ML300LX. Solid construction coupled with an Eco Mode setting provides durability and up to 117 hours of light. (maglite.com)
2. Extra batteries for flashlights and any other battery-powered devices.
3. Emergency cell phone battery packs. Almost all phone manufacturers offer an external battery unit for their cell phones. Secure at least one and possibly two to help get you through prolonged power outages.
4. Duct tape. Duct tape can help you make small and temporary, if not aesthetically pleasing, repairs on the fly.
5. Non-perishable food. This can range from canned soup and ravioli to complete MRE-style meals. In addition to this food, make certain you store a can opener as well as a general-use knife, fork and spoon. Plan on stocking at least a four-day supply of non-perishable food.
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6. First-aid kit. A preassembled first-aid kit is always a good choice. It is important to keep any prescription medications in there as well. Be aware of the expiration dates and rotate them as needed.
7. Hand-crank radio. A multi-purpose radio unit, such as the Eton American Red Cross FRX3, fulfills this need nicely. It can serve as a radio as well as a charger for cell phones and a basic light. (etoncorp.com)
8. Basic tools and fasteners. You may be required to manage small repairs to your home after the storm has passed. Having a good hammer and nails as well as screws and screwdrivers can help in the task.
9. Blankets, tarps, plastic and heavy cardboard will help you cover any broken windows in your home.
10. Children’s items, such as formula, diapers and clothes.
11. Waterproof matches. Always be cautious when lighting matches, as gas lines may be loose because of the storm’s damage. It’s also important to never leave an open flame unattended.
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Spring 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.