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Short Term Emergency Checklist

Checklists are a great way to stay organized during times of emergency preparation. This complete checklist will ensure that your family is prepared for short term disasters.

ESSENTIALS:

 Flashlight

Battery-operated radio

2-way radio or other form of communication

 Extra Batteries (variety of sizes)


 First Aid Kit (one for your home and one for each car)

Note: As a precaution, do not include candles. Candles cause more fires after a disaster.

WATER:

 3 gallons of water per person/day, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container.

Water purification system



 Additional water for sanitation

FOOD:

 Minimum 5-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation and little or no water.

 Dry cereal

 Peanut butter


 Canned fruits

 Canned vegetables

 Canned juice

 Ready-to-eat canned meats

 Ready-to-eat soups (not concentrated)

 Quick energy snacks

SANITATION:

  Disinfectant

 Household chlorine bleach

 Soap, liquid detergent

 Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels

 Personal hygiene items

 Cloth towels (at least 3)

 Feminine supplies

 Plastic bucket with tight lid

 Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation use)

CLOTHING:

Plastic garbage bags, ties

 Sunglasses

 Rain gear

 Sturdy shoes or work boots

 Blankets or sleeping bags

 Complete change of clothing and footwear per person

TOOLS & SUPPLIES:

 Whistle

 Aluminum foil

 Crowbar

 Compass

 Paper, pencil

 Plastic sheeting

 Medicine dropper

 Needles, thread

 Signal flare

 Matches in a waterproof container

 Assorted nails, wood screws

 Pliers, screwdriver, hammer

 Plastic storage containers

 Heavy cotton or hemp rope

 Cash, traveler’s checks, change

 Map of the area

 Nonelectric can opener, utility knife

 Cell phone with charger

 Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils

 Tape, duct tape and plumber’s tape or strap iron

 Patch kit and can of seal-in-air for tires

 Shut off wrench, to turn off household gas and water

FOR BABY:

Formula

 Diapers

 Bottles

 Medication

 Powdered milk

 Baby food

PETS:

Food, water

 Non-tippable food and water containers

 Leash, harness, carrier

 Records of vaccinations

 Pet medications

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:

Important telephone numbers

 Record of bank account numbers

 Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

 Inventory of household valuables

 Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stock and bonds

 Records of credit card account numbers and companies

 Copy of passport, social security cards and immunization records

FAMILY MEDICAL NEEDS:

Insulin

 Prescription drugs in original containers

 Heart and high blood pressure needs

 Denture needs

 Extra eyeglasses

 Contact lenses and supplies

ADDITIONAL ITEMS:

Family photos and other irreplaceable personal items

 Jewelry

 

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on October 25th, 2013

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