From our Disaster Preparedness Program coordinator Sheryl Gerety (firstname.lastname@example.org): 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
- hand sanitizers
Cash: $100 in small bills
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