Monday, March 14, 2011

Are You Ready? Part 1

Over the last several days it has been heart breaking to see the disaster that is unfolding in Japan. I am sure your heart is broken for these people as it has been in years past when we have witnessed or experienced our own disasters.

Are you Ready? I have half way prepared in the past but I am on a mission to make sure that my family is as prepared as we can be in the event we have a disaster.

You can visit Ready America there are a lot of great ideas and step by step plans to get prepared.

Most disaster preparedness plans state to be prepared to be self sufficient for a minimum of 3 days since it can take some time for disaster relief to reach some people. I think many of these items we have already thought about but there are others I wouldn't have necessarily considered.

  • One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. Remember we can live without food much longer than we can live without water.
  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food - Some examples below.
    • Pork and Beans  Campbell's Pork & Beans 11 oz. (6-Pack)
    • Chef Boyardees
    • Canned Chicken Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken Breast in Water, 5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
    • Dried Fruit Sun Maid Mixed Fruit, 7-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)
    • Nuts Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts, 21-Ounce Containers (Pack of 2)
    • Tuna StarKist Tuna Creation Hickory Smoked, 4.5000-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
    • Saltine Crackers Premium Saltine Crackers, 4-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
    • Vienna Sausages Libby's Vienna Sausages Made with Chicken, Beef, and Pork in Chicken Broth Eighteen 5 Ounce Cans
  • There are sorts of non-perishable foods. Basically if it is in a can you can put it in your Disaster kit.
  • Make sure you have a can opener - Amco Swing-A-Way 407WH Portable Can Opener, White
  • A battery powered or hand crank radio are suggested. A NOAA Weather radio Etón FR160B Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black) - Make sure you have extra batteries as well. Duracell Coppertop AA Batteries, 20-Count
  • Flashlights - I figure at least one flashlight per person in your home plus extra batteries. Dorcy 41-2510 4 LED Carabineer Floating Waterproof Flashlight with Batteries A Flashlight like this one is waterproof which could be necessary in a disaster and it takes common AA Batteries. Duracell Coppertop AA Batteries, 20-Count
  • First Aid Kit - you can put one together or you can buy one that already has all necessary items included. Total Resources International 250-Piece Outdoor First Aid Kit in Red EVA Case
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Dust Mask 3M 8210Plus Particulate Respirator N95, 20-Pack in addition to Duct Tape 3M 2245 Scotch Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape, 1.88-Inch x 45-Yard, 1-Pack and sheets of plastic for needed protection. I found these really great sheets of plastic with plastic drop cloths. Plastic Drop Cloths, 9' x 12'
  • Wet towelettes and garbage bags for personal cleaning. I am going to stock my disaster kit with baby wipes Huggies Natural Care Fragrance Free Baby Wipes Popup Refill, 216-Count Pack (Pack of 3) since they are thicker and hold up better for wiping. I am also including garbage bags with twist ties to ensure the closure of the bags.
  • Wrench or Pliers are needed in order to turn off utilities if needed. Wilmar W1062 11 Piece Metric Polished Combo Wrench Set with RackStanley 84-024 10-Inch Bi-Material Groove Joint Pliers
  • Cell Phones and Chargers. The site of Ready America mentions to have a solar charger. I had never heard of these so I did a little research and found one like this that can charge your cell phone. AA and AAA Solar Battery Charger - Charge Your Batteries Via USB or Sun Power - Features Also Include a Battery Tester and USB Output for Charging Cell Phones, iPods/mp3s, and More

End of Part 1 - there is so much information to give you I will be posting Part 2 tomorrow!

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