Emergency Preparedness

All of us at one time or another will experience some type of emergency. They can come in many forms. It may be a natural disaster, a loss of a job, or something as serious as a terrorist attack. Whatever the situation, it is up to you to be prepared for it.

You must take an inventory of resources you may already have. Things such as flashlights, candles, first aid kits, or a solar or battery powered radio can come in very handy. Finally, get the items you don’t have. Perhaps you need water storage or a supply of food, or maybe you just need a solar radio. Whatever it is, get it while you can. Remember, if you wait until the emergency actually happens, you are too late. Get yourself and your family prepared today for the unexpected, unplanned interruptions in life.

Make sure you know what you have on hand for an extreme emergency. Keep an inventory, and update it regularly. Food and water are the most important, followed by shelter, temperature comfort, and appropriate clothing. Be ready to leave town if it is necessary.

Have a plan for your family. Set up a central location where you all can meet in the event of an emergency. Quickly assess whether you have to leave town, or if you can safely stay at home and wait it out. We’re here to help.

We’re here to make sure you and your family have everything you need in an emergency or disaster situation. The following are some helpful tips and a checklist of items to stock up on.

Something to Think About

During a disaster, time is critical. Therefore, it is important that you know where emergency supplies are located so they may be obtained quickly. When stocking up on supplies, take a long hard look at who you are supplying for. Most people only consider their immediate family or those they live with; however, people often overlook one crucial unforeseen problem—family, friends, and pets. While it is not your responsibility to take care of everyone, there is always a possibility of having a house guest, a neighbor, a friend, or an out of town guest visiting during an emergency. Also, most family and friends are aware of someone’s plans to stock up on emergency supplies and could use that to their advantage in an emergency situation. Just as a precaution, try to store enough food and supplies for your household including pets, plus a little extra “Just In Case.”

Survival Supplies:

  • Water: one gallon per day per person minimum—not just for drinking, but cooking and sanitation, too!
  • First Aid kit with instruction book
  • Food: light weight, high nutritional value—at least 2 months worth per person.
  • Radio: portable with batteries and/or solar power
  • Flashlight: one for every person with extra batteries & bulbs— TIP: Try to have your radio, flashlights, and etc. run on one type of battery.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Essential medication
  • Watch or clock
  • Food for pets
  • Space blankets, sleeping bag, ground cloth
  • Water purifier & water purification tablets
  • Salt tablets & vitamins (rotate every 3 months)
  • Durable Manual Can Opener

Cooking and Food Care:

  • Portable camp stove (best choice), Bar-B-Q or fold-up metal type at least, extra propane bottle
  • Safe fuel container for extra fuel
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Full mess kit for each person: knife, fork, spoon, plate(s)
  • At least 2 cooking pots with covers
  • 1 lightweight hot water kettle (whistling type best)
  • Set of cooking utensils: 2 large spoons, spatula, tongs, knives, long necked forks
  • Paper towels, cooking mitt, napkins, hot pad
  • Fry pan, 2 if possible
  • 2 week supply paper plates
  • Water filter: portable type plus at least 2 bottles of water purification tablets
  • Safe cooking oil (rotate)

Tools, Etc:

  • Axe, Shovel, Hand saw
  • Broom, dust pan
  • Hammer, nails, pry bar, screw drivers
  • 2 adjustable wrenches
  • 100’ ¼” rope (or ½”)
  • Duct tape
  • Pen, Paper, Pencil
  • Camp lantern & Fuel
  • Cards, harmonica, travel games, etc. for entertainment (especially for kids)
  • Channel locks or vise grips

Safety & Comfort:

  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Warm sport gloves
  • Goggles & Sunglasses
  • 1 Full change of clothes
  • Tent or Shelter Cover
  • Candles, waterproof matches, fire starter
  • Heavy duty knife
  • Rain suit/poncho
  • Rubber boots
  • Extra glasses and/or contacts + solution

Sanitation Supplies:

  • Portable chemical toilet, unscented bleach
  • Toilet paper
  • Infant supplies & feminine products (if needed)
  • Large trash bags for sealing up waste
  • Soap: hand & dish type (preferably anti-bacterial)
  • Disinfectant: powder form to use on waste & liquid for people
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • 2 plastic 5-gallon buckets
  • A large towel & hand towel for each person
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, & mouthwash
  • Shampoo, body soap—the cleaner you are, the less likely you are to get sick.
  • Medium size zip-lock bags for misc. uses
  • Scrub brush (s) and pad for washing dishes
  • 1 or 2 wash tubs
  • 1 roll of plastic sheeting

Car/Travel Mini-Survival Kit

  • Bottled water, canteen
  • First Aid kit with book and wet wipes
  • Non-perishable food
  • Space blanket, sleeping bag
  • Simple tool set with rubber hose, hammer, pry bar
  • Rain suit/poncho & sturdy shoes/extra socks
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • A full change of clothes—gloves, hat, coat, sweater
  • Flash light, extra battery
  • Fire extinguisher, road flares, maps, paper & pen
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