Monday, October 29, 2012

Build a kit - from the US Army...

Build A Kit
Image-Build A KitWhen disaster strikes, emergency responders address the most critical needs and may not be able to get to an area until it is deemed safe. While they work on behalf of the entire community, it is your responsibility to ensure your Family’s well-being during times of crisis. Emergency kits are essential tools for meeting that challenge.
To prepare your Family for an emergency, get one or more emergency kits that include enough supplies to meet your essential needs (see list below-not all inclusive) for at least three days. Think reusable and multi-use. A metal bowl can do double duty as a cup and saucepan. A brightly colored poncho can be used as water repellent clothing, a marker and two together can create a temporary shelter. Keep a kit at home, and consider having kits in your car and at work. These kits will enable you and your family to respond to an emergency more quickly. Your various emergency kits will be useful whether you have to evacuate or shelter-in-place. Check with your local officials for any other specific items that should be included in your kit. Be sure to rotate your items periodically, ensuring nothing is expired when the need comes.

Suggested basic items to consider for a home emergency kit:
Image-bulletWater—at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days
Image-bulletFood—nonperishable food for at least three days, consider items that do not require cooking and will maintain freshness for several months such as energy bars, freeze dried foods and dehydrated foods
Image-bulletFormula and diapers for any infants
Image-bulletFood, water, other supplies and documents for any pets
Image-bulletManual can opener
Image-bulletFlashlight, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) battery-powered weather radio, battery-powered cellphone charger and extra batteries or hand crank powered devices
Image-bulletFirst aid kit and prescription medications
Image-bulletSanitation supplies such as moist towelettes, disinfectant and garbage bags
Image-bulletImportant documents in watertight packaging—personal, financial and insurance—store copies in a separate location (safety deposit box, relatives, or trusted friend)
Image-bulletYour family emergency plan, local maps and your command reporting information
Image-bullet5 Gallon bucket with plastic bags for use as a portable toilet
Image-bulletCash in small denominations
Additional items can be essential for those stationed abroad:
Image-bulletBirth abroad certificate for children born overseas
Image-bulletCash in local currency
Image-bulletCard with local translations of basic terms
Image-bulletElectrical current converter
Image-bulletKnow the Army Information Hotline number for assistance 1-800-833-6622
Many other items could prove helpful:
Image-bulletFire extinguisher
Image-bulletAny tools needed to turn off utilities
Image-bulletMatches in a waterproof container
Image-bulletMetal or plastic bowl
Image-bulletCoats and rain gear
Image-bulletSleeping bags or other bedding
Image-bulletA weather-appropriate change of clothes for each person
Image-bulletBooks, games, puzzles, toys and other activities for children
Image-bulletBatteries and cell phone chargers

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