Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Disaster Supply Kit
Everyone needs a disaster kit, everyone. You never know when this preparation might come in handy. Even if you don't live in a hurricane, flood, tornado, forest fire or similar disaster area, being prepared for a disaster in this day and age should be a top priority. It's easy to do in advance. It can help if you are snowed in, ill for a week with the flu, your car broke down, a tree falls blocking traffic, a bridge collapses, a river floods, storm drains fail, or you can't travel.
Hurricanes effects can reach hundreds of miles inland dropping huge amounts of water in a short amount of time. Hurricanes can also spawn very high winds and multiple tornados in inland areas. Over the last several months we've been stocking up on canned food and water. For toilet flushing water, Gary has been filling up milk and orange juice bottles as they are emptied. For drinking water we've purchased bottled water. We have a tent, foam mattress, camp stove, bottled propane, tarps, hand operated tools, a chain saw and extra fuel. We also have a back up generator which operates limited electricity in our home.
We checked out a disaster preparation video out of the library and learned some important information. You tube probably has some good information too. If you become separated from a loved one, decide where you will meet. Also pick a relative or friend to call that lives in a different area to notify since local phones may not work, and phones in a different location may be easier to reach. Please don't put it off, do it now, put your disaster kit together and keep it stocked at all times. Information below for a diaster supply kit was taken from the NOAA site.
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (some small bills) Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be open for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash