In the event of an emergency you must be
prepared to move quickly with very little notice.
When a major disaster strikes, services such as
running water, electricity, and gas cease to be.
You and your family must be self sufficient for at
least three days.
Every person in the household will need a
survival bag. The survival bag is filled with necessary
items that you can take with you in the event of an
emergency. These items are to keep your family
self-sufficient when allservices are cut off.
If a quick evacuation is necessary, emergency items
need to be packed and ready to go. Each bag shoul
contain some clothing, underwear, socks, jacket,
a lightweight blanket and personal items.
When it is time to evacuate each person grabs his
bag or backpack and gets out. Store these go bags,
in an easily accessible location.
Wheeled luggage, suit cases, duffel bags, makes
an excellent emergency bag. Add a backpack that
will hold all personal health items for the family such
as toilet paper, prescriptions, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, matches, flashlight, and a list of allergies
and drug precriptions. You should be prepared to be
away for 72 hours from your home.
In a larger container, place some food and a
minimum of one gallon of water per person.
Any copies of personal documents such as photo I.D.,
emergency phone numbers, social security numbers,
and insurance cards should be sealed in zip-type
plastic bags. Add a flashlight, battery powered radio,
paper and pencil, first aid kit, garbage bags, duct
tape, jack knife, plastic bucket, whistle, dust masks,
local map, candles and matches, to this box.
This larger family box should fit into the trunk of the
car. Have some sort of weapon to protect yourself,
and family, bear spray, or hornet spray is a good
choice, it will spray a stinging solution into eyes, up
to thirty feet. Grab your wallets, keys, purses with
at least $50 in cash and coins for phone calls, and
Be ready, keep your vehicle's gas tank at least
half-full at all times.
Any food should be of the basic non-perishable
food types such as dried fruit, granola bars, canned
tuna, canned pork, beans, and dried milk. Bottled
water and juice is good, each person requires one
gallon of water per day. Take along paper towel,
disposable cups, spoons and plates. A bottle of
household liquid bleach (food safe), and an
eyedropper, to purify water with. If you have a pet,
provide for them too.
This may sound like a lot and a little
overwhelming to put together, but anything you
can round up now, is better than having nothing
later. Take it one step at a time and get every
member of the family involved.
As in any emergency, use common sense and try
to remain calm.
Rotate stored ready to go food items and water
in the home at least every three months. Distilled
water stores longer and is great for washing cuts.
Teach even the youngest children which
Bag/Backpack is theirs, why it is necessary and
what to do when the time comes.
When the power goes off every thing electric in the
house and outside stops. Lights, fans, appliances,
air conditioner, and pumps. If your water is delivered
by pump, no water will come out of the taps, toilets
will not fill. In an emergency the water in the upper
tank of the toilet can be used for human
consumption, the lower bowl water for pets.
Your electric, or gas hot water tank holds about 40
gallons of water, this can also be used in an
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