Store your document safely in the (interior) shelter, along with a recent copy of one of your utility bills. Know in advance how to turn off the water and gas to your house and keep the needed tools (wrench, etc.) in your emergency supply kit. During a disaster, your emergency survival kit can mean the difference between comfort and discomfort, between having a plan and being disoriented, and, in some cases, between life and death itself. Having too much in the survival kit can prove almost as problematic as not having the right items in the kit to begin with.
Saving your irreplaceable documents and valuables from a fire, earthquake, tornado, or anything that can destroy your home probably sounds like a good idea. You should store valuables and copies of your important documents in a fireproof safe or a bank vault.

You might think you'll have to light candles for light during an emergency, but storing matches in your emergency survival kit is potentially dangerous. Most disasters are caused by nature, and although there's the small chance that a huge disaster could cause riots, don't include weapons in your emergency survival kit.
When you're panicked and rummaging through your emergency kit, you could hurt yourself with the weapons. While you'll want items such as food, water, blankets, flashlights, and medical supplies in your kit, too much stuff can make your kit unwieldy and difficult to access or carry during an emergency. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula.
A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

During a disaster, you don't want your kit clogged up with these items that you won't need for the next few days. Use our preparedness section to stay informed, make a plan, and most importantly—remain safe in an emergency.

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