Emergency Prep ChecklistAs promised in my last post, here is the CERT/Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Checklist:

  • Plan Ahead:
    • Plan for at least 3 days to be without water, gas, electricity;
    • Create a “Disaster Supply Kit”
    • Keep this PrepGuide emergency plan visible; and
    • Keep on hand a book on disasters that affect your area.
  • Seeing and Hearing:
    • Flashlight with batteries;
    • Portable radio with batteries;
    • Extra batteries; and
    • Extra pair of glasses.
  • Health and Medical:
    • First Aid Handbook;
    • First Aid Kit with gauze, bandages, aspirin, tape, scissors, disinfectants, antiseptics, latex gloves, nonprescription meds;
    • Prescription medication for at least 7 days;
    • Medical/special needs equipment (identify and keep on hand);
    • Plastic garbage bags, chlorine and shovel for personal waste.
  • Documents:
    • Keep important documents together in a safe place and store duplicates in a safe deposit box (wills, insurance, investments, household inventory, ownership, and birth certificates); and
    • Important numbers for credit cards, banking, licenses, etc.
  • Food and Water:
    • Nonperishable food for 3 days. 1 – 3 pounds (1 or 2 kg) per person per day of dried fruit, nonfat dry milk, canned tuna, stew, soup, beans, canned fruit juice, nuts, graham crackers;
    • Baby and pet supplies;
    • Water: at least 3 to 6 gallons (12 – 24 liters) per person.  Tip: Let water boil for 1 minute and cool before drinking.  If unable to boil, use 16 drops of pure chlorine bleach for each gallon of water.  Shake or stir and let stand for 30 minutes.  A slight chlorine taste and smell is normal.  Your tank water heater is a source of water.
    • Manual can opener and utensils; and
    • Cooking tools: camp stove or grill, fuel, charcoal, matches.
  • Safety Equipment needed:
    • ABC Fire extinguisher;
    • Smoke detector and fire alarm;
    • Whistle to blow if trapped or threatened;
    • 10″ (25cm) crescent wrench for gas valve;
    • Misc tools: duct tape, signal flare, knife, ax, shovel, 30″ – 36″ (1 meter) crowbar, etc.; and
    • Special needs equipment such as oxygen tank, manual wheelchair, etc.
  • Other:
    • Money: small bills, quarters (ATMs may not work);
    • Special items for infants, pets, people with disabilities;
    • Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, gloves and rain gear; and
    • Bedding: blankets, sleeping bags, tarp, tent, etc.
  • Storage:
    • Store in a sturdy trash barrel, box, suitcase, backpack or duffel bag;
    • Store in a closet, garage or other safe place;
    • Have a bag on hand to carry items if you need to evacuate;
    • Bottom: clothing and bedding;
    • Middle: food;
    • Top: flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, and leather gloves;
    • Keep water in a separate container; and
    • Label each container.
  • Car and Work:
    • Walking shoes and gloves;
    • Non-perishable food;
    • 1 gallon (4 liters) of water;
    • First aid kit and handbook;
    • Radio, flashlight and batteries;
    • Backpack for supplies;
    • Money: small bills, quarters;
    • Scissors or knife;
    • Flares and fire extinguisher;
    • At least 1/4 tank of fuel;
    • Emergency blanket;
    • Important phone numbers.

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