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Home Disaster Preparedness

Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you've gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.

To prepare your kit:

  1. Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is confined at home.
  2. Place the supplies you'd most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. These supplies are listed with an asterisk (*).

Disasters happen anytime and anywhere. And when disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. A highway spill of hazardous material could mean instant evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake, flood, tornado or any other disaster could cut off basic services--gas, water, electricity and telephones--for days.

Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management recommends the follow items be keep on hand and easily accessible in case of natural or man made disasters:

Water

Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.

 

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. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.

*Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

 

*First Aid Kit

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit should include:

Supplies

There are six basics you should stock in your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container--suggested items are marked with an asterisk(*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container; a camping backpack; or a duffle bag.

Tools and Supplies

Sanitation

Clothing and Bedding

*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

Special Items 

Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons, and those using prescription medications.

Suggestions and Reminders

 

Follow this link for a helpful disaster supplies calendar:

http://www.co.kootenai.id.us/departments/disaster/suppliescalendar.asp

  Follow this link for an emergency checklist: 

http://www.co.kootenai.id.us/departments/disaster/checklist.asp

Follow this link for a basic first aid manual: http://goo.gl/3sRu8j