Monday, April 19, 2010

During an Emergency

During an Emergency

I'm an armchair Boy Scout (although I advanced only to the level of a Cub Scout.) I'm never without a pocketknife, and I'm famous at work for hanging way too much equipment on my utility belt. I know several ways of starting a fire without matches, and I can tie a bowline knot blindfolded.

However, I've neglected one of the most important aspects of being always prepared: The Emergency Kit.

Here's a typical kit based on recommendations from an article posted by the Oregon Emergency Management Preparedness And Disaster Blog. It seems so practical and easy to assemble that I just may put together for the house, one for the car, and a simple one for work.

Emergency Kit

During an emergency, you may not be able to get food or water for days or weeks, and your electricity may not be working. The following items should be part of your emergency kit and kept in a container that can be easily carried if you need to leave home:

  • Water: a three-day supply, one gallon of water per person per day
  • Food (canned or dried): a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person.
  • Can opener: manual...don't rely on an electric opener
  • Radio: battery-powered with weather channel
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries: extra batteries for the radio and flashlight
  • Medications: list of prescription medications
  • Pets: don't forget food, water, medications, and leash or carrier for each pet
  • First-aid kit
  • Telephone: corded, NOT wireless or cellular. Corded landline phones can sometimes operate even during a power outage.
  • Blankets: Keep a few blankets or sleeping bags close to your emergency kit, whether at home or in the car.
  • Clothing: A change of clothing, including sturdy shoes or boots, for each person
  • Money: Include some cash in your kit to avoid having to depend upon a bank or ATM.
  • Reference Links

    Oregon Emergency Management Preparedness And Disaster Blog