The emergency kit quiz: What you should include, and why!

Olivia Cantor

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It could be the weather. It could be an earthquake, a terrorist attack or even a war. Any time, anywhere, an emergency could happen and you should be prepared. How good is your emergency kit? What else do you need? Take this quiz and find out!

The most basic essential, for when you need something to drink.

Water is the most basic survival resource you need in your emergency kit. You should have enough for three days per person.

If you are going to eat, this is the best to put in your emergency kit.

Energy bars are the best option for three-day emergency kits. They are also easy to carry if you have to move from your safe place.

If you need to listen to the Emergency Alert System, this is the simplest portable device you can use.

The simplest, most reliable way to listen for news is a battery-powered AM/FM radio. It is small, so if you need to move, you can bring it in your emergency kit.

When you have to go through dark places or travel at night, you need this.

Flashlights are a basic part of any emergency kit. If you can, select one that uses the same kind of batteries as your other devices, like the radio.

If you have all the gadgets, then you also need these to make them work.

You should always have extra batteries for all of your gadgets, fully charged. Better yet, if you can find rechargeable sets that work with a solar charger, then you are prepared.

If your emergency kit does not have this smaller kit, then getting hurt may be a problem.

Any emergency kit would not be complete without at least a basic first aid kit. Scrapes, wounds, and even worse injuries can happen when disasters strike, so be prepared.

When you need to signal people, or let them know you are there, this is important.

While it sounds weird to have a whistle for your emergency kit, you may need it to attract attention if you are trapped or injured, to signal people nearby. You can also use it to keep in touch with people if you are on the move.

If you do not want to inhale dust and smoke, you should have this in your emergency kit.

It is a good idea to include a dust mask or surgical mask in your emergency kit, because sometimes dust, particles or smoke can impair your ability to get a fresh breath in.

Keeping clean is important if you are in an emergency; these are the best emergency kit cleaning materials.

Keeping clean (while conserving water) is best done by using wet towels or moist towelettes. This is very important if you have open wounds.

You still need these even if you are not throwing the trash out.

Garbage bags can be used not only for disposing trash, but also to keep your things waterproof. They can also be used to pack more stuff later.

If you need to knot things up, these are the cheapest and most useful tools.

Plastic string can be used with garbage bags to bring more stuff and keep everything dry. You can also use the string to tie your pantlegs and sleeves, or keep bandages together.

This garage and plumbing tool can help tighten things around the house after a disaster.

Wrenches are a useful part of emergency kits, especially if you need to tune up machines after a disaster. You can also use them for self-defense.

You need these tweezer-like tools in your emergency kit, for tightening things or fishing them out.

Pliers are useful in your emergency kit, as they can be used to handle stuff that you are not sure about in a disaster area. Be sure to get pliers with rubberized handles.

You need this to open metal food containers.

If you are stocking up on canned food, do not forget to include a hand can opener in your emergency kit. The basic design is best, since moving parts can break down unexpectedly.

If you think you will need to tighten or loosen smaller screws, then you definitely need one of these.

A screwdriver may be necessary if you have to fix gadgets or machinery. If you can find one with removable heads for slotted and Phillips screws, then you can handle most small screws.

You need this to navigate your town or area after a disaster.

Sometimes, after a disaster, landmarks can look very different. Having a map of your local area in your emergency kit can help you move around better.

You may have this in your pocket now, but it is a good idea to have an extra one in your emergency kit.

A simple non-tablet cellphone can be a lifesaver if cell networks are still up in a disaster area. You should buy one for your emergency kit that is waterproof or has large keypads.

If you have this, all you need is the sun to keep your gadgets going.

A solar charger is a new addition to emergency kits. Portable solar panel chargers can keep your devices powered up even longer than your food and water supply will last, as long as it is sunny.

Keep these in a waterproof bag, just in case you need to help authorities verify who you are.

Your emergency kit needs to include a copy of your ID papers, like your birth certificate and your social security forms. It is also suggested now that you have a USB drive with your files. Put these items in a plastic bag for protection.

You need this if you have to rest outside at night, or if it gets cold.

A sleeping bag is a big help if your area is prone to cold nights. Your own body heat will help keep your toes warm. Water-resistant sleeping bags are best.

If you do not have a tent or a jacket, then this piece of cloth can keep you warm.

If you want a compact emergency kit, a blanket is a must, to help keep you warm and dry. You can even make a tent with a large blanket and some plastic string.

You can't wear the same thing for three days, so you need these.

Extra clothing helps to prevent disease and infection, and helps with morale during a disaster. Emergency kits should include at least one change of clothes per person.

If you are roughing it, you need this to have warm or cooked food.

Portable gas stoves only need extra cans of gas to be usable. They are more useful for small-party or single-person emergency kits.

This is one of the basic tools you need to start a fire.

Matches need to be kept in a dry container. They are useful for starting fires for cooking or keeping warm.

You need one of these to cut things, and for self-defense.

You can have a simple knife, a Swiss knife or a combat knife. As long as it can be used to cut, a knife is important in your emergency kit.

You need these to eat food properly.

Include spoons and forks in your emergency kit, because eating with your hands can spread disease. Wash utensils thoroughly after each use.

Use this to clean your hands or bathe.

A soap bar lasts a long time, and can be used for taking a bath, cleaning your hands, and even doing laundry. It’s a perfect fit for an emergency kit.

Gardeners and surgeons use versions of these for their hands.

Rubber gloves can help you keep your hands clean during a disaster, and can keep cuts from becoming infected. Always check to see if you are allergic to the type of material used for the gloves.

This kind of medicine is used for skin infections.

Given how many molds, bacteria, and fungi can take advantage of disaster environments, having a tube of antibiotic ointment for skin infections and shallow wounds is a good idea. In a disaster area, skin bacteria can go off the charts.

If part of your skin is toasted by a heated piece of junk or an open flame, you need this medicinal application.

Burn ointments can be as simple as petroleum jelly. Any gel or cream that works to protect the injured skin area will help prevent infection and further injury.

When you have a fever, this is how you measure how high it is.

A fever is a common symptom for all sorts of sicknesses and infections you can get in a disaster situation. A thermometer in your emergency kit is a necessity.

You use this to wrap wounds or help close open wounds if you cannot stitch them.

A bandage roll is the minimum if you cannot bring a full first aid kit with you. Bandages can help bind up moderate wounds, protecting them from dirt and bacteria.

For smaller wounds that need to be sealed, you can use one of these.

Smaller wounds can be protected with adhesive bandages, also known as Band Aids. Again, keeping wounds clean is very important.

This tool "pairs up" to cut up stuff.

Scissors can be used to open foil packs, cut bandages, and shape or trim clothes. Equipment in your emergency kit can be used in new ways if you have scissors to cut them into new shapes.

You must be able to carry your emergency kit easily, so you should use one of these.

Some emergency kits can be stored in plastic cases. But if you think you may have to go mobile, then you should ensure your kit is portable enough to fit in a large backpack. A backpack, unlike a shoulder bag , box or suitcase, is hands-free.

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