Follows a family disaster kit and a list of equipment. Not knowing how much room individuals have for these items, it is difficult to determine what a three-day kit should include; a 24-hour kit should include; and a vehicle kit should include. Anyone looking at this list can decide what they want for three days, 24 hours, 72 hours and a vehicle list depending on the available space, degree of concern and personal situation. A list would, for example, be different for a retired couple who is generally home most of the time as opposed to a working couple with kids who are spread to the four winds. A family with a motor home, trailer or are camping types would have different needs than a family who is not equipped for or interested in camping.
** Review after every event or at least every six months**
|Family Disaster Kit|
| ||One way to prepare ahead of time for a disaster is to assemble a family disaster kit. This kit should contain six basics -- water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and special items. Keep items you would need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container such as a large, covered trash can, a camping backpack or a duffel bag. Following is a list of suggested supplies for the kit.|
| ||Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two for food preparation and sanitation).
Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household. Also keep a supply of water purifying agents in the kit.
| ||Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, cooking or preparation. Donít forget to pack a can opener.
Milk -- powdered or canned
Canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Soups -- bouillon cubes or dried "soups in a cup"
High energy foods -- peanut butter, jelly, crackers, nuts, health food bars, trail mix
Staples -- sugar, salt, pepper
Stress foods Ė sugar cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals
|First Aid Kit|
| ||You should have at least two first aid kits -- one for your home and one for each car you drive. A basic first aid kit should include:
Sterile adhesive bandages
3-inch sterile gauze pads (8-12)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Moist towelettes (8-10 packages)
2-inch sterile gauze pads (8-12)
Non-prescription pain relievers
|Clothing and Bedding|
| ||Include at least one change of clothing and footwear per person, as well as these items:
Sturdy shoes or work boots
Blankets or sleeping bags
|Tools and Supplies|
Mess kits or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
Cash or travelerís checks, change
Flashlight and extra batteries
Matches in waterproof container
Plastic storage containers
Shut-off wrench, to turn off water, gas
Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Other items to consider packing are: a small ABC type fire extinguisher, a tent, signal flares, plastic garbage bags and ties, a small shovel, a small plastic bucket with a tight fitting lid, disinfectant and household chlorine bleach.
| ||Remember family members with special needs such as infants and those with disabilities:|
Contact lenses and supplies
Also consider packing small games for children and books for adults.
Copies of important family documents should be packed in a waterproof, portable container. These papers include:
Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
Passports, social security cards, immunization records
Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
Family records (birth, marriage certificates)
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version in the trunk of your car (excluding the family documents). Keep the contents in airtight plastic bags. Stored water should be changed every three months so it stays fresh and stored food should be rotated every six months. Rethink your kit and family needs at least once a year and replace batteries, update clothes, etc. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
2 Meter Radio
___75' Lengths-Several Runs
___Halogen Lights Vehicle or Tripod mount
___12V Soldering Iron or
___Butane soldering torch
___Gerber or Leatherman Tool
___Wire Tie Wraps
___Cordless Drill, Bits
___Hand or 12v Air Pump
___Tubeless Tire Repair Kit
___Screw Driver Set
___Needle Nose Pliers
___Assorted Solder Connectors
___Surge Protector Tap A Lines
___200' Light Weight String
___100' Yellow Nylon Rope
___Hunter Orange nylon safety tape
WARNING - DO NOT USE OPEN FLAME IN CLOSED AREA WHERE OXYGEN CONSUMPTION WOULD BE HAZARDOUS. (TO INCLUDE COLEMAN LANTERNS)
OR IN ANY AREA WHERE GAS MAY BE PRESENT!)
___Water - 3 Gallons per Person per Day,
___Drinking Water - 1 Gal. per Person Per Day
___Household Bleach - 1 Tablespoon per Gallon in a Spray Bottle for Disinfectant.
___Windex is a good disinfectant.
___Personal hygiene items
Basic suggested equipment for all operations
___Hand Can Opener
___ARRL Message Blanks
___Bug Spray - Airborne Insect Spray
___Assorted Zip locks
___Bucket With Tight Lid For Emergency Porta Potty
___12v Power Supply
___Extra Barrel Connectors
___Extra Coax Connectors
___Small Fire Extinguisher to stay at generator
___Wooden Matches in Water Proof Container
___Can to burn a Candle
___Glass Jar Candles
___Small Fire Extinguisher
___Portable Smoke Alarm
___Don't forget the Fire Extinguisher