As we in the Southeast are preparing for Ike. I thought I would pass along CEAC's list of essential items for an emergency.
3. Can opener (wouldn't have thought of this one)
5. First Aid
6. Flashlight (make sure you have extra batteries on hand)
7. Radio (again, need extra batteries)
9.) Personal Items
10.) Important Documents
A couple of my own suggestions:
For your pets:
Food, water, medications (if any), collar/leash &/or a crate (if you have to evacuate-most shelters now accept pets but they must be on a leash or in a crate.), toys in case of staying in a shelter or hotel to keep them occupied.
Also make sure cell phones are fully charged and gas tanks are full.
Most people know these things but it never hurts to have a reminder!