This morning the weather forecast calls for possible tropical storm conditions tomorrow. So it seems like a good time to review emergency planning. One of the missions of the Citizen Corp is to improve citizen readiness. The Red Cross has a list here.
- Water, 1 gallon per person. So for a family of four, this means you would need 28 gallons for a week’s supply. We keep a 3 day supply in cleaned out milk jugs. Remember to cycle the water regularly.
- Non-perishable food, 3 days for travel and 2 weeks for home. Remember that the power would probably be out so it must be long-term shelf-stable and edible without heating. Page 6 of this has suggestions for foods.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery or hand crank radio, preferably with weather and emergency stations. They have hand crank radios that can charge USB devices now
- First aid kit, the Red Cross also sells a variety
- Medications, 7 day supply
- Multipurpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers and batteries
- Family and emergency contact information. Its suggested in case of an emergency, your family have a meeting place designated.
- Extra cash
And then some items more dependent on your family,
- Baby supplies and activities for children
- Pet supplies (we have to keep heat pads for our lizard)
- Two-way radios
- Extra set of keys
- Manual can opener
To this list from the Red Cross, ARES (the Amateur Radio Emergency Service) adds the following suggestions for items to add to a travel kit (ARES is more deployment-focused though),
- Several days of clothes in a bag, ready to go. A good place to keep a couple of sets of old cloths if you have to leave in a hurry.
- At least a half tank of gas in your car
- Umbrella and rain clothes
- Folding chair
- Sunscreen, bug repellent
- Garbage bags
- Pen and paper
- Pocket knife
- Electrical tape
- Rope and bungie cords
- Tool kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Sleeping bag and tent
- Mess kit
Delaware County’s Citizen Corp also has a booklet with more extensive suggestions that also has regional-specific information, for instance, it is expected in a crises, the local high schools will serve as the primary shelter locations.