Monday, February 11, 2013

What's in your disaster kit?


The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association publishes a newsletter once a month, and the editor has asked me to write a column.  I am planning out a year's worth and think that I will mostly focus on excerpts from my book, Advice From A Risk Detective.

You're getting a jump up on Roosevelt readers because I am publishing here the list of emergency supplies that I would recommend you have on hand against contingencies or disasters.  The same list can be found at the end of the first chapter of my book.  Please let me know if you feel there are items I have left off the list.

Water: One gallon per person per day, three to five days’ worth
Food: Nonperishable, including food for special diets

First Aid Kit: One for home, one for car

Cash: In small bills, enough for three to five days

·   Eating utensils, including can opener and utility knife
·   Battery-operated radio, extra batteries
·   Flashlight(s), extra batteries
·   Small sewing kit
·   Compass and whistle
·   Matches in waterproof container
·   Wrench to shut off gas and water
·   Work gloves
·   One or more signal flares
·   Rope ladder near second-story exit
·   Plastic bucket
·   Disinfectant, bleach, liquid detergent
·   Battery-operated power tools such as drills, staple guns
·   Portable camp stove and fuel
·   One fire extinguisher per floor
·   Toolkit with pliers, handsaw, duct tape, crowbar, sledgehammer

·   Change of clothing and footwear
·   Sturdy shoes or work boots
·   Thermal underwear
·   Rain gear
·   Hat and gloves
·   Blankets, sleeping bags

Special Items
·   Scout Manual
·   Prescription medications and supplies
·   Personal hygiene items
·   Toilet paper
·   Extra eyeglasses
·   Baby supplies
·   Garbage bags & ties
·   Extra set of house and other keys
·   Insurance policies, credit cards, official identification, bank information
·   Copies of other vital documents
·   Pet food

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