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PORTLAND When disaster nearly strikes, it can be a good time to assess whether you re prepared for an emergency.

The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping residents clean up after natural disasters, but the organization also offers tools to help prepare people before an emergency.

The following is a list of items Red Cross recommends for an emergency preparedness kit that should last one adult three days:

Backpack with additional pouches to hold personal items (like medications and important documents)
1 Flashlight (batteries included)
1 Water-resistant radio (3 AA batteries included)
1 Emergency blanket
2 Food bars, 4,800 calories total (ingredients include wheat flour, vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, salt, water and coconut flavoring)
Work Gloves, 1 pair
3 12-Hour light sticks
Moist towelettes
1 N-95 breathing mask
Plastic sheeting, 10' x 10'
1 Rain poncho
1 Roll of duct tape
2 quarts emergency water (2 quarts)
1 2.5-gallon water container
1 Whistle
1 Personal first aid kit, including an assortment of bandages, gauze and ointments
1 Personal hygiene comfort kit, including shampoo, body wash, wash cloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and deodorant
1 First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Guide

More: Earthquake Safety Checklist

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