From the Internet, to safety brochures, to books, there are many sources available to help people plan and put together emergency kits tailored to their family's specific needs.

Some experts recommend leaving an assembled emergency kit in the car, although gridlock or road damage may force an evacuation on foot. In general, there are certain common recommended elements, such as enough supplies for three days.

Although these items will obviously be useful in the event of a tsunami, many could be handy for run-of-the-mill emergencies, such as our sometimes-ferocious winter storms.

Here is a list of items to consider including in an emergency kit.

Water - one gallon per person per day and a water purification kit

Food - non-perishable, such as canned goods

Eating utensils

Can opener - manual

First-aid kit with instruction book - including necessary prescriptions and extra eye-glasses

Personal hygiene items - toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, moist towelettes, soap, shampoo, insect repellent, sunscreen, etc.

Flashlight, battery powered radio and extra batteries

Pocket knife and other tools

Current photos of family members - both head and full length

Copies of important legal documents - birth certificates, passports, insurance information, etc.

Important contact information, such as out of area family members and friends, insurance agents, etc

Change of clothing - socks, gloves, cold weather clothing, sturdy shoes, etc.

Plastic sheeting and plastic bags, such as Ziploc

Blankets or sleeping bags and tent

Travel games or pack of cards

Two-way radios or walkie-talkies to keep family members in contact

Experts recommend carefully considering the requirements of special needs family members, such as children, the frail or elderly and pets when making emergency kits.

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