Shop local for your survival kit items: Part 1- What’s available at Bartell Drug

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The earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan have once again reminded us that we really should have a survival kit ready for natural disasters that strike close to home. We stopped by Bartell Drugs at 23028 100th Ave. W. and Ace Hardware at 201 5th Ave. S. in Old Milltown, so we could show you a sample of what they have in their stores for such a kit. So now you can be prepared and shop local at the same time.We are including items available at the Edmonds’ Bartell store Saturday and will post Ace Hardware’s information Sunday.

City of Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams also provided his list, for handy written reference. “At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below,” Williams wrote in an email. “Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.”

·       Water—one gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)

·       Food—nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)

·       Flashlight

·       Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

·       Extra batteries

·       First aid kit

·       Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items

·       Multipurpose tool

·       Sanitation and personal hygiene items

·       Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

·       Cell phone with chargers

·       Family and emergency contact information

·       Extra cash

·       Emergency blanket

·       Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

·       Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

·       Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

·       Games and activities for children

·       Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

·       Two-way radios

·       Extra set of car keys and house keys

·       Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

·       Whistle

·       N95 or surgical masks

·       Matches

·       Rain gear

·       Towels

·       Work gloves

·       Tools/supplies for securing your home

·       Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

·       Plastic sheeting

·       Duct tape

·       Scissors

·       Household liquid bleach

·       Entertainment items

·       Blankets or sleeping bags

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