Saturday, August 9, 2008

A disaster evacuation kit

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Suggestions for a disaster kit that should last for three days. FOOD and water supplies

a. 1 litre of water for each person using the kit per day
b. 6,000 calories of food per person using the kit per day
c. disposable utensils, plates and bowls (washing wastes water)
d. manual can opener
f. sharp knife
g. small cutting board
h. sugar and spices
g. aluminum foil and plastic wrap
h. reseal-able plastic bags

Light and communication

a. portable radio or television and extra batteries
b. emergency radios that don’t require batteries are better
c. flashlights with extra batteries
d. whistles for each person
e. hand-held, two-way radios and extra batteries or chargers

Health and hygiene

a. first aid kit, including non-prescription medications
b. copies of prescriptions
c. dust masks
d. shampoo
e. deodorant
f. toothpaste and toothbrushes
g. comb and brush
h. lip balm
i. sunscreen
j. contact lenses and glasses
k. toilet paper
m. soap
n. hand sanitiser
o. liquid detergent
p.feminine supplies
q. plastic garbage bags with ties for personal sanitation use
r. medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid
s. disinfectant
t. household chlorine bleach

Shelter and clothing

a. complete change of clothing for each person
b. sturdy shoes or boots, no open toes or heels
c. rain gear, hats and gloves
d. thermal underwear
e. sunglasses
f. tent
g. sleeping bag for each person

Miscellaneous items and safety gear

a. fire extinguisher
b. utility knife
c. games and books to pass the time
d. deck of cards
e. travel games (Scrabble, chess, checkers, Monopoly)
f. crayons and colouring books
g. Sudoku/crossword puzzles
h. pens and paper
i. map with emergency shelters marked and their telephone numbers
j. extra keys
k. copies of driver’s licenses, work identification and passports
l. copies of deeds and insurance information
m. copies of vehicle registration and insurance
n. cash and RM20 in 10 cent coins for vending machines
o. compass
p. shovel
q. waterproof matches or lighter
r. resealable plastic bags of various sizes for all types of non-food uses

Special needs for ill, nursing mothers, elderly and infants

a.walkers or wheelchairs
b. hearing aid batteries (to keep them fresh, use the batteries in the kit and put new ones in whenever you need to change)
c. special foods
d. denture supplies
e. spare oxygen
f. eyeglasses
g. diapers and wipes
h. baby bottles with extra nipples and inserts (if necessary)
i. breast pump
j. powdered formula

What to grab when you go

a. prescription medications, including inhalers
b. special medical equipment (oxygen tanks, nebulisers)
c. dentures
d. cell phones and chargers
e. identification
f. credit cards
g. favourite dolls and stuffed animals for small children

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