Emergency Preparedness

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggests three things that you should do to keep yourselves and your family prepared:

• Get one or more emergency preparedness kits
• Make a family emergency plan
• Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in your area and their appropriate responses.

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Everyone should have actually some basic preparedness supplies on hand in order to survive three days or more if an emergency occurs. The following is a list of some basic items that every emergency preparedness kit should include. However, it is important that you review this list and consider where you live and the unique needs of your family in order to create an emergency preparedness kit that will meet your needs. You should likewise consider having two or more emergency preparedness kits, one full kit at Residence and smaller portable kits in your workplace, vehicle and/or other places you spend time.

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Recommended Items to Include in your Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit:

• Water: one gallon of water or more per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio along with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Local maps: at least city and state

Additional Items to Consider Adding to your Emergency Preparedness Kit:

• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Important family documents: copies of identification, insurance policies, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container:
• Cash and change equaling around $100
• Emergency reference material: a first aid book or survival information such as The SAS Urban Survival Handbook
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket per person: Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate
• Finish change of clothing: long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes per person: Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: Dilute nine parts water to one part bleach to be used as a disinfectant. In an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches along with added cleaners
• Fire Extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

You can find basic kits, expanded kits, family kits and other items at my “Survival Gear Central” website.