Emergency Supply List: Homeland Security

Emergency Supply List:  Homeland Security WWW.Ready.Com

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

Through its Ready Campaign, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Ready asks individuals to do three key things:

*Get an emergency supply kit

*Make a family emergency plan

*Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.  Following is a listing of some items that every emergency should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.

Additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit:

*Prescription medications and glasses.

*Infant formula and diapers

*Pet Food and extra water for your pet

*Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.

*Cash or traveler’s checks and change

*Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from http://www.ready.gov.

*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

*Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.

*Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

*Paper and pencil

*Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

*From the Homeland Security Emergency Supply List Pamphlet http://www.ready.gov

Please take these suggestions into consideration.

 

 

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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