What can you do to Prepare?
Emergency preparedness is everyone's job. Disasters of all kinds, ranging from floods to winter storms, can happen when least expected. It is important that each household be prepared before disaster strikes with a 72-hour Family Emergency Kit, so each family can be self-sufficient until relief arrives.
Assembling the following items to create your own 72-hour Family Emergency Kit will be a great start in preparing your household for the new millennium. Such preparation will be valuable in potential emergencies that may affect our area such as blizzards, power outages, floods, tornadoes, or hazardous materials spills.
You Must Be Ready To Act on Your Own
The 72-Hour Emergency Kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs of your family for three days to a week. Most families prefer to store their emergency supplies in a location that is relatively safe, yet easily accessible if evacuation is required. Items may be stored in a 32-gallon trash can, suitcase, duffel bag, footlocker or individual pack (with a note on top listing a few items to grab if you have to evacuate).
Water Storage (1 gallon/person/day)
Sleeping Bag and Blanket (wool and thermal)
First Aid Kit and Manual
Extra Eyeglasses/Contact Lenses
Water Purification Tablets
Manual Can Opener
Battery Powered Radio
Suggested non-perishable food items: Ready-to-eat goods in unbreakable containers, canned meats, juice, fruits and vegetables, powdered milk, infant care foods, crackers, peanut butter, freeze-dried and dehydrated goods. (Store what you normally eat. Children will not eat food that is strange to them.)
Plastic Bucket w/Tightly Fitted Lid
Plastic Bags and Ties
Improvised Toilet Seat
Personal Hygienic Needs
Paper Cups and Plates
Other Emergency Needs
Pen and Paper
Address and Phone Number
Children's Securities (blanket, pacifier, etc.)
Standard First Aid Kit
First Aid Manual
Aspirin or Pain Relievers
Sanitary Napkins (Pressure Dressing)
Triangular Bandages (36"x36"x52")
Disposable Diapers (Dressing/Splint/Padding)
Car Survival Kit
Always Maintain at Least 1 Tank of Gas
Non-Perishable Food Stored in Coffee Can
First Aid Kit and Manual
Flashlight and Batteries
Class ABC fire Extinguisher
Waterproof Matches and Candles
Radio and Batteries
Reflectors and Flares
Bag of Sand, Shovel and Tools
Short Rubber Hose for Siphoning
Paper, Pencil, Map, Tissues, Pre-moistened
Blankets or Sleeping Bag
Towels, Plastic Bags, Essential Medications
Make Copies of All Legal Papers
Vacation Home/ Property Ownership
Trailers, Snowmobiles, Boat Ownership
Take color pictures of every room plus pictures of valuables. Send one copy of legal papers and one copy of pictures to an out-of state contact.
Plan How Your Family Will Stay in Contact if Separated by Disaster
Pick two meeting places: A location a safe distance from your home in case of fire. A place outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home.
When Assembling Emergency Supplies for the Household, Include Items for Pets
How to Store Water
Store your water in thoroughly washed plastic, glass, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers. Never use a container that has held toxic substances. Remember that your hot water tank is a source of 40 to 50 gallons of drinking water.
Be sure to purify the water by:
Disinfecting (household liquid bleach: 16 drops/gal. of water, stir and let stand 30 min.)
Distillation (boil pot of water and collect the vapors by tying a cup to the upside down pot lid - the cup shouldn't dangle in the water - it will condense back to water in the cup)
Stock supplies to last several days to a week for each family member.
Have extra cash on hand in case electronic transactions (ATM card, credit cards, etc.) cannot be processed.
Work with your family in talking about the steps each needs to take to be ready if disaster happens.
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