Survival Emergency Supplies
(1) Check List (FEMA List)
(2) Suggested List Of Essential Survival Items Discussion (Following)
"Emergency Supplies List for Your Home" Complied by the "Seascape One" (Aptos/La Selva Fire District) CERT Team
"FEMA Kids Activity Survival Kit"
"Disaster Supplies Kit - Red Cross"
Check List (Printer Friendly Link For Check List Below.)
A Class ABC fire extinguisher is recommended for each home.
Some families may need a large container (32 gallon garbage can) to hold all the items. Other families may be able to use the plastic bucket from the sanitation kit for this storage. You may choose to use backpacks. They make it easier to take the items with you.
This 72 hour kit should meet the needs of your family. Pack hobby and entertainment items that appeal to your family. Use foods that your family will eat. Include any special medications that is required by family members.
Standard First Aid Kit
"The Grab And Go Bug Out Bag"
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Suggested List Of Essential Survival Items Discussion (Aptos/La Selva Fire District)
"Emergency Supplies List for Your Home"
Complied by the "Seascape One" (Aptos/La Selva Fire District) CERT Team
We have adapted our list from the Red Cross and other emergency-supply web sites and tailored them to our climate and situation in Aptos. To keep every item on an IDEAL list in your home would take up a whole room (e.g., a generator, tents, biohazard suits, and the like). We have therefore confined our list to the "musts" and highly desirable items, if you have the space. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in easy-to carry "grab-and-go" containers (e.g., a small covered trash container, a backpack, or a duffle bag). Note: The garage is not the best place to store emergency supplies because it is the least structurally-sound room in most homes due to the wide, unsupported garage door opening.
Home. There are six basics to stock in your home: (1) water, (2) food, (3) first aid supplies, (4) appropriate clothing and bedding, ready to travel immediately if necessary, (5) tools, sanitation, and personal hygiene supplies, and (6) items relative to your special needs (e.g., pet supplies and prescription medications).
(1) Water: Store one gallon of water per person per day for a three to five day supply (2 quarts a day for drinking and 2 quarts a day for food preparation and sanitation). Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. Keep 2% tincture of iodine (12 drops per gallon of water--don't use iodine if thyroid problem or pregnant or nursing) or chlorine bleach (no soap additives, use 5-8 drops per gallon) on hand to purify. Remember that you have several sources of water already in your home that can be used in an emergency such as your hot water heater, toilet tanks (don't use water from a tank that contains colored disinfectant as it is poisonous), water pipes, and ice in the freezer.
(2) Food: Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration, cooking, and little or no water for each person. Select food items that are compact and lightweight, ideally low in salt. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit that could be transported form your home should you need to evacuate: Ready-to eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; Canned juices; High energy foods; Vitamins; Special food for infants or pets; Comfort/stress foods (e.g., vacuum packed snack bars). Keep a mechanical (non-electric) can opener handy. If staying in your home eat food from refrigerator first and then the freezer before using the nonperishable supplies.
(3) First Aid Kit: Assemble or purchase a standard first aid kit for your home and one for each car. Include the usual items plus some you may not normally think about such as sun screen, latex gloves, moistened towelettes, aspirin, laxatives, and your own prescription medication.
(4) Clothing and Bedding: It is wise to keep a special set of clothing in the area that your family would congregate in case of an earthquake (e.g., an inside room, a closet, etc) or would need in case of an evacuation. These special items would include heavy-duty clothing for each (long-sleeved heavy shirt and jacket, heavy pants and socks, and sturdy shoes or work boots), hats (or hard hats), leather or sturdy garden gloves, and enough blankets to cover everyone. Also consider sun glasses, an extra pair of prescription (or reading) glasses, and contact lenses and supplies. Keep sturdy shoes close to your bed (ideally in a plastic bag if glass could fall into them and tied to a bed keg).
(5) Other Highly Desirable Emergency Supplies: Tools: Flashlight with extra batteries, solar crank or battery-operated radio and extra batteries, non-electric can opener, utility knife, fire extinguisher, pliers, tape, matches in a waterproof container, heavy colored chalk (for writing emergency messages on your house or garage door), small sewing kit, shut-off wrench to turn off household gas and water, whistle, cash (bills and change) or traveler's checks, cellular phone (may not work during an emergency), and safety matches. If you have space, include strong scissors, air tight goggles (at sports stores during the summer for underwater goggles), dust masks, and worker's knee pads.
Entertainment: If you and your family are isolated (especially with no power), board games and books are psychologically indicated survival supplies. Sanitation & Hygiene: Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towel roll, liquid antibacterial soap, feminine supplies, deodorant, plastic garbage bags and ties (for personal sanitation uses), plastic bucket with tight lid (for human waste but can be used to store supplies for now), disinfectant (e.g., household chlorine bleach), tooth brush and paste, fingernail/toenail clippers, mouthwash and breath fresheners (stress often causes bad breath), bush and comb, lip protector, sponge.
Important Family Documents (make copies now to store in a remote, safe place): Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container: Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds, passports, social security cards, immunization records, bank account and credit card account numbers, inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers, and family records (birth, marriage, death certificates). Store in a place known to trusted family members or friends.
(6) Pets and Pet Supplies: Keep your pets with you because they face danger being left behind during an evacuation. Pets are not permitted in public shelters. Go instead to a relative's or friend's home, or find a "pet-friendly" hotel. In your pet supply bag, include a three day supply of pet food, extra water for your pet, three-day supply of any needed pet medications, a pet first aid manual, antibacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide, a pet blanket, and perhaps a pet toy or chew bone (whatever is appropriate).
(7) If Disaster Strikes: If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage. Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly. Shut off any other damaged utilities. Confine or secure your pets. Call your family contact-do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency. (A CERT team may be able to help you make outside contacts because we have access to special resources.) Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled. Write a message on the front of your house with big, colored chalk if you have a serious, immediate need for help. Do you know how to turn off your own power, water, and (only if necessary) gas? If not, now is the time to learn!
(8) If you must evacuate: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes. Take along your disaster supplies kit. Lock your home. Use travel routes specified by local authorities-don't use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous. Stay away from downed power lines. Stay tuned to local radio and follow their instructions. If you have time, call your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive. Remember to take your pets with you.
(9) Car: Always keep your car fuel tank at least half full because, if power is out, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps, and you may have to travel a long distance. If you must evacuate from your home, take as much of your home emergency supply items as possible, including a set of extra sturdy clothes and blankets, and grab your cell phone. You should store as many BASIC items as you can in your car (which we assume has a radio already) at all times including water (and a sanitation kit), food (e.g., health bars), first aid kit, water, wind proof matches, leather gloves, flashlight, plastic bags, plus, if room, a multi-function knife, a tri-fold shovel, a 50-foot nylon cord, paper plates, cups and plastic flat wear, a signal flare, and a 100-hour emergency candle. (You would hopefully be able to carry some emergency supplies from your home to supplement what you keep in your car. See below.)
(10) Miscellaneous Useful Information:
a. If you have an electric garage door opener, know where the manual release lever is located and learn how to operate it. Some garage doors are heavy, so get help to lift it. If you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home upon return, be sure to keep a key to your house with you in case the garage door will not open because of a power outage.
b. Create an emergency communications plan. Choose an out-of-town contact who your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. Establish a meeting place plan should any members of your family become separated. Try to make it flexible (if X, then Y, but if A then Z) to avoid being stuck with only a single option that may not be the wisest course of action in an actual emergency.
c. Homeland Security. Many Neighborhood Watch programs are now including Homeland Security issues. Briefly, look at your mail carefully (any odd, unexpected packages or white powdery substance), any packages left on the curb or other unusual place (like a bus stop or the mall), and any overheard conversation about money laundering or attack plans. This "thinking out of the box" about what we have heretofore considered unthinkable is difficult to imagine doing, but we are being told to do so. The coming months should teach us more specifics. In the meantime, the Homeland Security leaders have asked us all to be their "ears" and "eyes."
d. When thinking about disasters we often realize that our most valuable material possessions are not our jewels and other expensive stuff, but rather our memory albums. Now might be a time to consider taking advantage of the technology that can transfer your photographs and other visual treasures (e.g., that special Mother's Day card) to a CD-ROM or DVD disk. An added bonus is that loved ones can have also have a copy of the family album. You retain the originals, but you would never have to panic if they were endangered. This is something many can do themselves with a CD or DVD burner that come with most new computers, a scanner, and a program such as the terrific and affordable Photoshop Essentials by Adobe Systems.
Kids Activity Survival Kit
You should talk to your family about:
You may have to leave your house during a disaster and may sleep somewhere else for a while. Itís smart to put together your own Kidís Activity Survival Kit so you will have things to do and share with other kids. These can all be stored in a backpack or duffel bag. Just make sure you can carry it easily. Some suggested items for your Activity Survival Kit:
Disaster Supplies Kit - Red Cross
There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container--suggested items are marked with an asterisk(*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
Store one gallon of water per person per day.
Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
High energy foods
Food for infants
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
Assorted sizes of safety pins
Latex gloves (2 pairs)
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
Triangular bandages (3)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Tongue blades (2)
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
Antacid (for stomach upset)
Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Tools and Supplies
Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
Emergency preparedness manual*
Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
Flashlight and extra batteries*
Cash or traveler's checks, change*
Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
Matches in a waterproof container
Plastic storage containers
Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Toilet paper, towelettes*
Soap, liquid detergent*
Personal hygiene items*
Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Household chlorine bleach
Clothing and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
Sturdy shoes or work boots*
Blankets or sleeping bags*
Hat and gloves
Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons
Heart and high blood pressure medication
Contact lenses and supplies
Extra eye glasses
Games and books
Important Family Documents
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
Passports, social security cards, immunization records
Bank account numbers
Credit card account numbers and companies
Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
General Disaster Preparedness Materials Children & Disasters
"Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book" (ARC 2200, English, or ARC 2200S, Spanish) Children & Disasters ages 3-10.
"Adventures of the Disaster Dudes" (ARC 5024) video and Presenter's Guide for use by an adult with children in grades 4-6.
To get copies of American Red Cross Community Disaster Education materials, contact your local Red Cross chapter.
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