As promised, here are a few things you might want to have on hand in case of emergencies, whether it be an earthquake, flood or power outage.
My husband, Hilory, actually put together the original Disastrous Preparedness Program for San Mateo County, California, after the horrific tragedy of September 11, 2001.
These are things to consider for the well-being of your family and yourself. Our families have put together most of these items. (I found out there are a few more things we need to do when I investigated this more thoroughly while writing this.) We also have a meeting place designated in case we aren’t able to communicate via phones and can’t stay in our homes for some reason.
EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS KIT
- 1 gallon/person/day
- Canned meats, soups, fruits and vegetables
- Dry milk and juice drinks
- Sugar, salt and pepper high-energy foods; peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
- Comfort foods: cookies, candy, instant coffee, tea
- Special needs: infants, special diet, pet food
- Avoid foods like rice and pasta that require more water to prepare
- Restock 1/year
- Roller bandages
- Moist towelettes
- Petroleum jelly
- Pain reliever
- Other non-prescription medications
- Latex gloves
- Safety pins
- Paper plates and napkins
- Plastic utensils
- Battery-powered radio
- Can Opener
- Matches in waterproof container
- Paper and pencil
- Needle and thread
- Signal flare
- Blankets or sleeping bags/warm clothes
- Toilet paper
- Garbage bags
- Feminine supplies
- Plastic bucket
- Household bleach
- Passport/Social Security cards
- Immunization records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Best to store these items in a waterproof zip lock bag
You might also want to consider a large 50 gallon water container for possible long-term water needs. Be sure to have extra medicines and prescription drugs on hand for yourself and family members including any pets.
Know how to turn off the water and gas lines to your home. Make sure there is a wrench handy to be able to do this. YOu don’t want to have to locate one in a tool shed or garage. You might not be able to even get to these due to the situation. Plus, it’s just peace-of-mind to know everything is right there where you need them.
If you need more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yfuhgbz for a complete list and tips.