Storm survival 101: Stock up on supplies
Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.
The disaster plan
-- Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone.
-- Install safety features in your house, such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
-- Inspect your home for potential hazards (items that can move, fall, break or catch fire) and correct them.
-- Have your family learn basic safety measures, such as CPR and first aid; how to use a fire extinguisher; and how and when to turnoff water, gas and electricity in your home.
-- Teach children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number.
-- Pick two places to meet: a spot outside your home for an emergency and a place away from your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Choose an out-of-state friend as your “family check-in contact” for everyone to call if the family gets separated.
-- Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Keep a smaller disaster supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
-- Keep enough supplies in your home for at least three days. Assemble a disaster supplies kit (as listed below). Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffle bags.
The disaster checklist
-- General flashlights and or lantern with extra batteries. Candles are not recommended because they can pose a fire hazard if left unattended.
-- A corded, land-line telephone. Cordless telephones do not work without power
-- Extra, charged cell phone battery and or car charger for cell phone
-- Radio, and/or weather radio (NOAA radio) with extra batteries
-- Camera and film; extra batteries. To take photographs of damage for insurance purposes
-- Fire extinguisher
-- Sterno fuel and unit; charcoal and lighter or propane for gas grill
-- Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm. A pocketknife, nails, saw, a hammer, an ax and rope are important. Towels and buckets are useful if you develop a leak.
-- One blanket and or sleeping bag a person, stored in a watertight container
-- One change of clothes and shoes a person, stored in a watertight container
-- Rain gear, heavy/sturdy boots or shoes; work gloves, and hat or cap to wear in sun
Medical, personal hygiene
-- First-aid kit and manuals
-- Sunscreen and insect repellent
-- Bleach, for demolding
-- Medications and specific medical information. Special infant needs diapers, bottles formula and food.
Food, water and supplies
-- Drinking water. One gallon a person, a day. A three day supply is recommended. (Replace stored water every six months)
-- Special infant needs, diapers, bottles and formula, medicine
-- Pantry well stocked: canned goods, dry milk, dry cereals, powered drinks, pastas
-- Non-electric can opener; plastic utensils, disposable plates; garbage bags
-- Extra ice in freezer, when storm is approaching
-- Car tank filled with gasoline
-- Flat fixer for tires, properly inflated spare tire
-- Air horn or whistle (to call for help)
-- Fill tub and large containers with water for flushing toilet if water supply stops
-- Pets inside or otherwise protected, ample supply of pet food
-- Loose outside objects stored or secured
-- Tree branches tied or cut
-- Inventory of personal belongings for insurance claims: A written list and proof of purchase (receipts, warranties) for expensive items. Supplement with photographs or video and keep with important documents in secure location (safe-deposit box, workplace or out-of-state relative).
Other needs: Bring to a shelter
-- Prescription medicines
-- Baby food and diapers
-- Cards, games, books, toys
-- Battery-powered radio
-- Flashlight (one per person)
-- Extra batteries
-- Blankets or sleeping bags
-- Valuable papers (insurance)
-- Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards. Banks and ATMs might not be available for extended periods.
-- Duct tape
-- Tarp to temporarily cover damaged areas
-- Water purification tablets
Source: National Hurricane Center, American Red Cross