It is officially fall here in the Pacific Northwest! With the rain we’ve had the past few weekends, we wanted to remind everyone that there are simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your home. Think first about the basics of survival—fresh water, food, clean air and warmth and if you’re prepared to be without electricity.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, here are some items recommended for a basic emergency supply kit:
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 each
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)
You might consider adding these additional items:
Prescription medications and glasses
Infant formula and diapers
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
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or similar information from www.ready.gov
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
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 to one part water and 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.
Personal hygiene items
Paper cups, plates and towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencils
Books, games, puzzles and other activities for adults and children.
Let’s all stay safe and be prepared! For more information, visit www.ready.gov