Being Prepared For an Emergency

The recent hurricane disaster shows that being prepared for an emergency can make the all difference. Although I am in the process myself of gathering all the things I think our family will need, I thought it would be a good thing to post information about what one can do to be ‘prepared’. The following information, ironically enough, comes from the Department of Homeland Security. (You can get many more details at their website or the Red Cross) Also at the end of the article I have added some links to websites were you can purchase survival kits, food, and other items. The Red Cross PDF “Food and Water in an Emergency” is very informative.

GET A KIT OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air. Consider putting together two kits. In one, put everything needed to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to get away.

Start now by gathering basic emergency supplies ? a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, toilet articles, prescription medicines and other special things your family may need. Many potential terrorist attacks could send tiny microscopic “junk” into the air. Many of these materials can only hurt you if they get into your body, so think about creating a barrier between yourself and any contamination. It’s smart to have something for each member of the family that covers their mouth and nose.??Plan to use two to three layers of a cotton t-shirt, handkerchief or towel. Or, consider filter masks, readily available in hardware stores, which are rated based on how small a particle they filter. It is very important that the mask or other material fit your face snugly so that most of the air you breathe comes through the mask, not around it. Do whatever you can to make the best fit possible for children.??Also, include duct tape and heavyweight garbage bags or plastic sheeting that can be used to seal windows and doors if you need to create a barrier

FIRST AID KIT

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

Things you should have:

? Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
? Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
? Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
? Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
? Burn ointment to prevent infection.
? Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
? Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
? Thermometer (Read more: Biological Threat)
? Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
? Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.

Things it may be good to have:

? Cell phone
? Scissors
? Tweezers
? Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
? Non-prescription drugs:
? Potassium Iodide (Read more: Nuclear Blast)
? Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
? Anti-diarrhea medication
? Antacid (for upset stomach)
? Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
? Laxative
? Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit

? Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
? Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
? Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
? Flashlight and extra batteries
? First Aid kit
? Whistle to signal for help
? Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
? Moist towelettes for sanitation
? Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
? Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
? Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
? Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
? Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

WATER

? One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
? Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
? If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.
? Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.
? Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

FOOD

? Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
? Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
? Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
? Choose foods your family will eat.
? Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
? Protein or fruit bars
? Dry cereal or granola
? Peanut butter
? Dried fruit
? Nuts
? Crackers
? Canned juices
? Non-perishable pasteurized milk
? High energy foods
? Vitamins
? Food for infants
? Comfort/stress foods

Download the PDF “Food and Water in an Emergency ” from FEMA and the American Red Cross (100k).

CLEAN AIR
Many potential terrorist attacks could send tiny microscopic “junk” into the air. For example, an explosion may release very fine debris that can cause lung damage. A biological attack may release germs that can make you sick if inhaled or absorbed through open cuts. Many of these agents can only hurt you if they get into your body, so think about creating a barrier between yourself and any contamination.

Nose and Mouth Protection
Face masks or dense-weave cotton material, that snugly covers your nose and mouth and is specifically fit for each member of the family. Do whatever you can to make the best fit possible for children.??Be prepared to improvise with what you have on hand to protect your nose, mouth, eyes and cuts in your skin. Anything that fits snugly over your nose and mouth, including any dense-weave cotton material, can help filter contaminants in an emergency. It is very important that most of the air you breathe comes through the mask or cloth, not around it. Do whatever you can to make the best fit possible for children. There are also a variety of face masks readily available in hardware stores that are rated based on how small a particle they can filter in an industrial setting.??Given the different types of attacks that could occur, there is not one solution for masking. For instance, simple cloth face masks can filter some of the airborne “junk” or germs you might breathe into your body, but will probably not protect you from chemical gases. Still, something over your nose and mouth in an emergency is better than nothing. Limiting how much “junk” gets into your body may impact whether or not you get sick or develop disease.

Other Barriers

? Heavyweight plastic garbage bags or plastic sheeting
? Duct tape
? Scissors

There are circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as “shelter-in-place,” is a matter of survival. You can use these things to tape up windows, doors and air vents if you need to seal off a room from outside contamination. Consider precutting and labeling these materials. Anything you can do in advance will save time when it counts.??Use available information to assess the situation. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you can use these things to tape up windows, doors and air vents if you need to seal off a room.

Once you have sealed a room with plastic sheeting and duct tape you may have created a better barrier between you and any contaminants that may be outside. However, no seal is perfect and some leakage is likely. In addition to which, you may find yourself in a space that is already contaminated to some degree.??Consider a portable air purifier, with a HEPA filter, to help remove contaminants from the room where you are sheltering. These highly efficient filters have small sieves that can capture very tiny particles, including some biological agents. Once trapped within a HEPA filter contaminants cannot get into your body and make you sick. While these filters are excellent at filtering dander, dust, molds, smoke, biological agents and other contaminants, they will not stop chemical gases.?
All of this information came www.ready.gov

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