March 2018 Preparedness Calendar: Inventory

March 2018 Preparedness Calendar: Inventory

seven old kerosene lanterns in shades of green, blue, and brown on a wooden shelf

New from our Disaster Preparedness Program: a monthly, seasonally appropriate checklist page to help us tackle preparing for a disaster in manageable steps.

What to do in March:
Identify the disaster risks you face in your household, on your campus: fire, flood, wildfire, landslide, drought, earthquake. Evaluate your role in an emergency. Assess your storage capacity and the number of people you are planning for. Add to the stocks in your emergency pantry.

An emergency pantry: Is for use when a household or church can shelter in place. It holds water, food, energy, and sanitation.

Water: it is vital, but it is bulky.

  • gallons (FEMA suggests one gallon per person per day, with a goal of storing at least a two-week supply of water)
  • water filters
  • rain barrels

Food: must be nutrient dense and palatable out of the package

  • nuts and nut butters, oils, trail mix
  • chocolate, dried fruits
  • canned soups, stews, proteins, fruit
  • evaporated, condensed and shelf stable milks
  • packaged whole grain crackers, rolled grains, whole grains

Energy (Light, Heat, Communication): provide safe sources of energy, light, heat and news

  • battery powered and/or kerosene lanterns, solar charged lanterns
  • waterproof matches and lighters
  • batteries and fuel supplies
  • propane grills
  • generators with fuel source

Sanitation: purchase extras over time on sale.

  • bleach, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar
  • extra tall kitchen trash bags, toilet paper, shovels, empty 5 gallon buckets (portable toilets)
  • paper towels
  • detergent
  • hand sanitizers

Cash: $100 in small bills

What to Read in March:

https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how-to-stay-safe-when-the-big-one-comes

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies#About