POLK COUNTY -- The American Red Cross has designed a 24-week calendar to build a two-week home disaster kit.
Here is the ongoing list:
• Two gallons of water *
• One jar peanut butter
• Three cans of meat *
• One hand-operated can opener
• Permanent marking pen
Additional: pet food, diapers and baby food.
• Date perishable items with marker.
• Decide upon & notify out-of-area contact who can coordinate information for scattered family members.
• Heavy cotton or hemp rope
• Duct tape
• Two flashlights with batteries
• Matches in waterproof container -- for outside use only with appropriate camp stove or barbecue
• Sign up for first aid/ CPR class at local American Red Cross.
Additional: leash or carrier for your pet, extra set of identification tags.
• Two gallons of water
• Two cans of meat *
• Two cans fruit *
• Feminine hygiene supplies
• Paper and pen
• Local map
• Pain reliever
Additional: One gallon of water for each pet.
• Find out about what kinds of disasters can happen in your area.
• Encourage neighbors to develop their own plans.
• Medicines / prescriptions “for emergency use,” contact-lens supplies
• Develop a family disaster plan including where to meet if separated, name and number of out-of-area contact and kinds of information to give that contact in an emergency.
• Two gallons of water*
• Two cans of fruit*
• Two cans of vegetables*
• Two cans of meat*
• Three rolls toilet paper
• Extra toothbrush
• Travel-size toothpaste
Additional: Special foods for special dietary needs.
• Identify escape routes from house for all family members.
• Identify safe places to go in case of fire, flood, earthquake, or other local disasters
Practice a drill for each of your plans.
• First aid kit which includes sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes, adhesive tape, gauze pads, sterile roller bandages, latex gloves
• Safety pins
• Identify storage area for your supplies such as closet along an inside retaining wall, or several heavy-duty, watertight plastic garbage cans that can be stored outside. If using outside storage— ensure container is weather and animal proof.
• Three cans of ready to-eat soup* (not concentrated)
• Three cans of fruit*
• Three cans of vegetables*
• Sewing kit
Additional: Extra baby supplies (bottles, formula, diapers) if needed.
• Place a pair of sturdy shoes, flashlight, whistle and work gloves in a plastic grocery bag and tie the bag to your bed frame
• Liquid antibacterial hand soap
• Disposable hand wipes
• Sewing needles
• Petroleum jelly or other lubricating cream
• Two tongue blades
Additional: Put extra eyeglasses in first aid kit.
• Three cans of ready-to eat-soup*
• Liquid dish soap
• Household chlorine bleach with medicine dropper for water treatment
• One box heavy-duty garbage bags with ties
• Test smoke detectors and replace batteries.
• Waterproof portable container for important papers
• AM/ FM Radio
• Wrench to turn off utilities
• Make sure everyone in the house knows where to find gas and water meter shut-off valves and how to turn them off.
• Attach a wrench near each shutoff valve so it is there when needed.
• One large can juice*
• Large plastic food bags
• One box high-energy snacks
• Three rolls of paper towels
Additional: Keep extra battery for cell phone or change for pay phone usage in disaster supplies kit.
• Locate pay phones closest to your home.
teps: Locate pay phones closest to your home.
• Litter and box
• Extra water
• Pet first aid kit
• Make sure all pet vaccinations are current and obtain medical records from veterinarian for disaster records kit. Keep emergency supply of any special pet medication needs.
• Photocopy important documents and store in Ziploc bag: driver’s license, medical prescription, insurance information and will.
*Indicates per person