http://post-gazette.com/pg/05252/568244.stm Your survival kit, prepared in advance: --Cash --Fnancial documents (driver's license, Social Security card, copy of telephone or utility bill as additional forum of i.d., list of account numbers and passwords for bank and investment accounts, mortgages, loans, insurance policy numbers & contacts, a list of your possessions (could be a video or photos of your home and its contents) --Medicines and medical records (health care cards) --Irreplacable photos --Legal documents (birth certificates, marriage certificate, passport, military records, adoption papers, titles to your home and vehicles, copies of wills & powers of attorney) --Three day supply of food --One gallon of water per person per dcay --Flashlights and batteries --Battery powered radio --First aid kit --Phone numbers of family and friends Some people like to put the information on a CD-ROM for convenience. Put everything in sealed plastic bags or a waterproof container. As a backup, put copies in a safe deposit box or give them to a trusted friend or relative. You can buy disaster supply kits for the home and work from the Red Cross through local chapters or online at www.redcross.org/services/disaster. Some other ideas for your emergency kit: blanket, rain poncho and cell phone charger for the car. Keep in mind that your cell phone might not work, but text messages may still go through. Some experts also suggest bringing along a few favorite toys for the kids, which can ease stress and the body's fear response. For people with special medical needs, experts recommend keeping from three days to two weeks' worth of extra medications. You also should include a medical alert ID bracelet, a record of prescriptions and an electronic or paper copy of medical records. And don't forget to include evacuation plans for your pets.