Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Tornado, Flash Flood, Earthquake, Winterstorm, Hurricane, Fire, Hazardous Materials Spill
The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, then prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it—on the refrigerator or bulletin board. For additional information about how to prepare for hazards in your community, contact your local emergency management or civil defense office and American Red Cross chapter
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community and Family Preparedness Program and the American Red Cross Community Disaster Education Program are nationwide efforts to help people prepare for disasters of all types. For more information, please contact your local emergency management office and American Red Cross chapter. This brochure and other preparedness materials are available by calling FEMA at 1-800-480-2520, or writing: FEMA, P.O. Box 2012, Jessup, MD 20794-2012. Publications are also available on the World Wide Web at:
Please remember that what we are talking about is long term survival, but what is most important for most people is to have a 72hour survival set-up including 1 gallon of water per person per day, tap water stores up to a year so add a teaspoon of bleach to each gallon to keep the bacteria away just because most of your everyday containers are not really the watertight so to speak. I was at Walmart the other day and in the camping section they now stock good quality survival/ camping just add water meals and they taste pretty good. Please remember you have to start somewhere, so I will do my best to start out lite and you can build on what you have as you learn what to do. All situations are NOT the same but most can be prepared the same.
The 72 hour survival preparedness is relatively simple because 99% of the time you will spent the first hours in your own home or close by. Now I keep my 72.5 hour bag in my car at all times and it fits in a small waist pouch with two water bottles one on each side and I keep my travel weapon a Glock 17 and spare rounds in a lock box bolted and welded to the frame of the car, and other than the knives I carry that is it.It is very simple to make up a 72 hour survival kit for yourself and any children, wife or husband and the american 2.5 pets, do not forget your pets, you wanted them so it is your responsibility to see that your animals are protected. My cat Sissy has her own little bug out bag.My own disaster plan includes a three-day supply of most items, with both storage and a safe room in the basement. I keep everything in Rubbermaid Totelockers. These have enough storage capacity, yet can be loaded in a vehicle if we need to evacuate. While not waterproof, they seal reasonably well and are water/dust resistant.