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Province recommends 72-hour emergency kit

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency is recommending Fort Macleod and district residents prepare a 72-hour emergency kit.
No one knows for sure when disaster will strike, but people can be prepared.
With a 72-hour emergency kit people will have the necessary items to help get through the emergency.
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency suggests including the following items in your kit.
Food and water
Prepare a three-day supply of non-perishables per person that includes: protein or granola bars; trail mix and dried fruit; crackers and cereals; canned meat, fish and beans; canned juice; four litres of water per person with small bottles to carry with you.
Bedding and clothing
Pack a change of clothing such as short- and long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and undergarments; raincoat and emergency poncho or jacket; spare shoes; sleeping bags, blankets and emergency heat blankets; plastic and cloth sheets.
Light and fuel
Pack a hand-cranked flashlight or battery-operated flashlights and lamps; extra batteries; flares; candles; lighter; waterproof matches.
Equipment
Pack a manual can opener; dishes and utensils; shovel; radio (with spare batteries or hand-operated crank; pen and paper; axe and pocket knife; rope; duct tape; whistle; cellphone charger; basic tools
A small stove with fuel is also recommended.
Personal supplies
The agency recommends packing a first-aid kit; toiletries including toilet paper, feminine hygiene products and a toothbrush; cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer and dish soap; medication including acetaminophen, ibuprofen and children’s medication; and a three-day supply of prescription medication.
Also pack pet food and supplies; garbage bags and toys and reading material.
Copies of personal documents and money should be packed in a waterproof container, along with legal documents such as birth and marriage certificates, wills, passports, contracts; insurance policies; cash in small bills; credit cards; prepaid phone cards; and a copy of your emergency plan and contact information.
Ready-to-go kit
Keep ready-to-go kit items in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, in an accessible place, such as a front-hall closet.
Make sure your kit is easy to carry, and everyone in the house knows where it is.
Take it with you if you have to leave your house so you can be safe.
In the ready-to-go kit, pack four litres of water for each person; food that you don’t have to keep cold; a manual can opener; plastic or paper plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons; flashlight and extra batteries; a change of clothes; a card with emergency contact information and the number of someone to call who lives out of town; pet food and supplies for at least three days; a small first aid kit; personal ID card; personal hygiene items, soap, hand sanitizer.
Store medicine you usually take near your ready-to-go kit.
Update your kits every six months to make sure that food, water, and medication are not expired, clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date, and batteries are charged.
Small toys and games are important. They can provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
Some items and/or flavours might leak, melt, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.

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