What to pack in an emergency kit health experts recommend creating a swine flu emergency kit
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A second wave of swine flu could hit this fall, and health experts recommend creating an emergency kit if the outbreak is severe. Of course, it's a good idea to keep a kit for any emergency.
What you need for all emergencies
At least three days' worth of nonperishable, ready-to-eat foods, such as canned goods, dry cereal, and peanut butter.
At least one gallon per person per day for three days. Bottled water is best because it can be stored indefinitely at room temperature, if it remains properly sealed and is kept dry and away from direct sunlight.
You can buy a kit or build your own. Include a first-aid manual, antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment, bandages, burn ointment, calamine lotion, cold packs, eye-wash solution, gauze, gloves, hydrocortisone cream, scissors, tape, a thermometer, and tweezers. Also include any prescription and over-the-counter medications your family might need:
Remember that drugs do expire; old drugs should not be used.
What you need for a flu outbreak
A two-week supply of food and water in case you're confined to your home. Also stock:
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