Better be prepared

Ironically, September is National Preparedness Month. Makes you wonder how well-prepared we are here in Northern California for a disaster the magnitude of Katrina - namely, a severe earthquake.

It is recommended to have the following disaster supplies on hand:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries (alternatively: candles, battery operated lamps, lanterns and lantern fuel)
  • Portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Antiseptic
  • Disinfectant/bleach
  • Emergency water: one gallon per person per day - two quarts for drinking and two quarts for cooking.
  • Emergency food: enough non-perishable food for one week, should not require refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Plates, cups, utensils
  • Essential medicines: full supply of prescription medication
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags, zip-locking bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Blankets
  • Tools (axe, shovel, crescent wrench-for turning off gas main etc.)
  • Cash and credit cards

Your emergency supplies should be adequate for at least 72 hours (3 days). A 10-day supply of water, food, and medicine is recommended).

This might also be a good time to get to know your neighbors a little better before something happens. Check out Networking neighbors online, a nice outline how to get started. Check the web for your local neighborhood association.

Some links:

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