Are you Prepared for Disaster?
Here are some steps for you and your family to take Basic Supplies for a 72 Hour Kit Make a plan and practice it.
Establish a designated meeting place, and set a timeline for arriving there. Create an emergency communication plan – use out-of-town contacts as they are often easier to contact than local ones due to heavy use of local phone lines. Make sure all the contact information on your loved ones is current, and have every listing you can (home, office, pager, cell, email).
Know the emergency plan for your work – are you an essential employee and what is expected of you if you are not at work at the time? Does your employer have an emergency notification system in place? When should you report and where? Know the emergency plan for your children's schools (be sure they also have your contact information). Listen to the radio and television for news and instructions.
Make 72 hour kits for your entire family for home. Make “To Go Kits” (items in carry bags such as a duffle bag) so you can pick them up and take them with you if you have to leave your home. Have small kits in your office and vehicle.
- 1 Gallon of water per day per person ( use bottled water)
- Energy bars and non-perishable food items
- Sturdy shoes or boots
- First Aid Kit
- Multi-Purpose Tool
- Rain gear or poncho
- Extra clothing
- Personal hygiene items
- Spare glasses
- Paper towels
- Can Opener
- Area Maps
- Plastic bags
- Duct tape
- Plastic gloves
- Warm Gloves
- Paper and Pen
- Spare batteries
- Copies of important documents (Passport, ID Cards, Birth Certificate, Power of Attorney, Insurance documents and your will. )
Make sure to check these supplies twice a year to ensure expiration dates haven't passed.
- Do you have fire extinguishers in your home and vehicles?
- Do you know where the shut off valves are for your water, electricity and gas.
- Do you know how to shut them off?
- Do you have an inventory of your valuables?
- Consider walking through your house and video taping the contents (then transfer it to CD or DVD) and give it to someone who would be far enough outside the area to not be involved in the event.
- Do you live in a flood plain?
- Consider having sand and sand bags and a sump pump if you are near a creek or a river.
- Consider buying a jump drive and copy all your important information onto it and carry it with you. It should contain copies of important files and be kept up to date.
- Keep your financial records, credit card records, automobile titles, military records, stocks and bonds, wills, birth, wedding and death certificates, titles and deeds, insurance policies.
- Toys and games
- Water purification tablets
- Plastic sheeting
- Antibacterial lotion
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Aluminium foil
- Paper towels
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