FEMA is a somewhat controversial government agency. Some people love FEMA because they bring food and supplies after a disaster. Other people hate them because they don’t bring enough food and supplies after a disaster (or not quickly enough).
Some people say FEMA is inefficient and a waste of tax money. Other people argue that they wouldn’t be so inefficient if they were properly funded. But whatever you think of FEMA, the people working there want you to be prepared.
Why? Because the more prepared you are, the less you’ll rely on them for help when disaster strikes (and they can only help so many people).
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On their website, FEMA lists 11 items you should have in your basic emergency supply kit:
- First aid kit
- Dust mask
- Sanitation supplies
- Wrench or pliers
- Can opener
- Local maps
In the video below, Survival Know How examines their list and explains what he likes and what he would add to it.
On their website, FEMA also lists 15 items you should have in addition to your basic supplies.
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- Prescription drugs/glasses
- Infant formula/diapers
- Pet food/extra water
- Important documents
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Emergency preparedness book
- Sleeping bag/blanket
- Change of clothing
- Chlorine bleach
- Fire extinguisher
- Feminine supplies
- Mess kits
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, etc.
Survival Know How examines this list as well in the video below.
You can check out the list for yourself by visiting Ready.gov.
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