Emergency Preparation for a disaster

After the fires encroached on my childhood home in San Diego last month, I figured I had better start planning for “emergencies” on the East Coast.  Not sure what might strike next in NYC (another terrorist attack, a hurricane, etc)?  Frankly, trying not to worry about the worst case scenario.  But..I do want to make sure I am prepared for the turmoil of such an occurance, however unlikely.

Ready.gov has a checklist of items to gather prior to such an event:

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

I also added candles in case there is pro-longed blackouts and gear in case travel is required (back-pack).  Spare cash is probably also a good bet to have in a safe, but accessible place.  Other items that may be of interest:

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil

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