As promised yesterday, today I want to talk about how to be prepared in case you’re evacuated from your home
Forest fires often threaten homes, even whole towns. This is called a convergent fire, and we’ve all at least heard of these, if not experienced one.
Flood is a threat in many areas in spring months. Right now, we’re watching our river rise, and hoping that the dike is high enough.
What if a train derailed, spilling toxic chemicals near your home?
Any of these, and many other events could mean evacuation of your home – with or without notice.
But, if the police knocked on your door and said you need to leave your home to be safe…………are you ready? It’s suggested that a family should be prepared to survive for 72 hours.
In a situation like that, it would be hard to think about what would be needed. So here’s another list for a bin (or bins if your family is large enough) to have at the ready if you needed it:
- food – tins of tuna, soup, ready-made meals, dehydrated potatoes/rice/noodles, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, powdered milk, powdered juice mix, snack bars
- water – 2 quarts per day per person, 1 quart per day per pet, water purification tablets or bleach (4 drops per quart)
- disposable dishes, cutlery
- can opener
- cooking pots (like a camping set)
- toilet paper, garbage bags. shovel
- candles, matches
- wind-up flashlight, radio
- copies of id, pictures
- contact information of family/friends
- first aid kit
- toiletries, hand-cleaner
- money – if power is out, you won’t be able to use credit or debit cards
- list of things to pack, like:
- book, magazine, kids’ activities
- pet supplies (and of course don’t forget to take your pets)
- propane or butane stove, and fuel
Here’s a site to reference for drinking water safety: http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/publicat/wqwm/emergwatersuppl.html
Be safe out there! Blessings, Peg