Saturday, March 12, 2011

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Preparing for emergencies is something most of us forget about.  Here in Sacramento, our biggest concern is flooding.  No matter your area, emergencies will happen. It is just a matter of when.  Make sure you are prepared by making the following items accessible in your home.

Please make sure that you have enough emergency supplies in your home, as well.  Here are some items recommended by to keep on hand in case of emergencies:
  • Water, one gallon of water 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 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 and 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
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger 
Also consider gathering the following items in a ready-to-go bag:
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) - PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches 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 pencils
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children 

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, this is such good advice...especially after what happened in Japan. It's pretty much all I've been thinking about lately -- what IF it happens here? Actually, living in southern CA and just 3 miles away from the ocean, it's not a matter of's WHEN. Ugh.

    Thank you for this list! I'm going to start putting together some supplies this week.

    I'm stopping by from Jen's blog :)


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