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Earthquake Preparedness Check List

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Item

Check Each Item

When Ready

Item Description

Expiration

Date

for Applicable Items Only

Quantity Per Person Minimum recommended

First Day

Storage Date,

Write Here the Date You Placed it in Storage

Comments

1

 

Drinking water

 

3 liters or one gallon per person per day for 30 days

 

Please do not go with FEMA, 3 days recommendation

2

 

Canned and non perishable food

(make your list)

 

30 days supply per person

 

You may include dried fruits, try to balance the food among proteins, fiber,  vegetable and fruit content

3

Manual multi purpose can opener

 

1 but 2 is better

 

 

Two are better

4

 

Prescription

Medicines

 

Minimum 30 days supply per person

 

Medications types as required

5

 

Over the counter

medication such as anti-diarrhea, aspirins,

anti acids etc.

 

Minimum 30 days supply per person

 

Stock as judged necessary

6

 

Multivitamins

 

30 days supply per person

 

Must be of good quality, include Vitamin C

7

 

First aids guide manual

 

1 but 2 is better

 

If you never been trained  to provide first aids, be sure to get a good manual and read it in case you need it

8

 

Bandages strips

 

1 box

 

To treat small injuries and wounds

9

 

Band  Aids

 

1  box

 

To treat small hurts and wounds

10

 

Alcohol or peroxide

 

0.5 to 1 liter

 

To disinfect injuries,  wounds and to  disinfect accessories and hands

11

 

Antibacterial soap

 

1 bottle of 0.5 or 1 liter

 

To wash hands

12

 

Tablets to disinfect water

 

1 box

 

To make water potable

13

 

Gauze pads and rolls

 

1 or 2 rolls

 

To treat small injuries and wounds

14

 

Tweezers

 

1 unit

 

To treat small hurts and wounds

15

 

Scissors

 

1 unit

 

To help cut bandages and other fabrics

16

 

Hand sanitizers

 

1 bottle

 

To sanitize hands in absence of water

17

 

Tooth paste

 

1 regular size tube per person

 

 

18

 

Tooth  brush

 

1 per person

 

 

19

 

Disposable rubber or latex gloves

 

Half a dozen to a dozen

 

To handle contaminated materials or debris

20

 

Eyes protection goggles

 

1 for each 3 or 4  persons

 

To clean debris and perform  ayes risky operations

21

 

Sterile eyewash Solution

 

1 bottle

 

In case somebody exposed to injuries or ayes wounds

22

 

Feminine napkins

 

As required by any female

 

If needed and not available, it would be a women nightmare

23

 

Sanitary paper rolls and pampers

 

As required by each family members for 30 days supply

 

Could you image yourself without sanitary paper or pampers for 30 days?

24

 

Disposable towels, cups, plates, forks, knifes, spoon etc.

 

As required for each family member for 30 days

 

To wash dishware  like plates and cups. Will make your life a lot easier

25

 

Set of cooking ware, bowls, casseroles,

Grills, steel knifes, etc

 

As needed

 

Stainless steel cookware is better

26

 

Cooking fuel like wood, gas or charcoal

 

Sufficient for cooking for 30 days

 

Needed if there is no gas, no electricity and your house is partially or totally damaged

27

 

Blankets, Jackets and other thermal cloth

 

As required per person and weather conditions

 

This is specially important in cold weather locations

28

 

Sleeping bags

 

1 per each person

 

This is specially important in cold weather locations

29

 

Camping tent

 

Size as required to accommodate all family members

 

This specially important in cold weather and rainy locations

30

 

Multi band radio powered by batteries with emergency services channel  

 

At least one, but two  or more is better

 

Prefer the ones with wind or solar charging, or have sufficient batteries stock and better a batteries solar charger

31

 

A set of walkie talkies or personal citizen band radios

 

1 radio for each family member to be in communication

 

I case of a major disaster like a earthquake, more likely your home phone and cell will not work, these personal radios could be your only communication with your family member while away looking for help or inquiring for other members

32

 

Extra batteries set for the radio, (alkaline or lithium type)

 

As required for the radio, two sets will be better

 

Try to use rechargeable ones and get a solar charger

33

 

Cell phone

Keep it handy and charged

 

1 per family member if possible

 

 

34

 

An extra  battery for your cell or a solar charger or any other mean to charge it

 

1

 

If Possible get a solar charger

35

 

List of family and close friends phones and physical and email addresses

 

Make one copy for each family member

 

Needed to get in touch with relatives and friend for help or to help them

36

 

List of Doctors, Hospital, emergencies services like firefighter, police, national guard etc. with phone and address  

 

Make one copy for each family member

 

Very important to keep this list handy for obvious reasons

37

 

Gas valve emergency turn off  tool, check where your gas valve is located

 

1

 

The gas valve must be turned off in case of major earthquake to avoid gas leaks, fires and explosions

38

 

Locate and get familiar with your house electrical breakers panel, Keep the access  clear from obstacles

 

Be sure that all your key family members understand how breakers are turned off

 

 

Live electricity could be very dangerous if your  house is damaged or destroyed, can cause fires,  fatal electrocutions, but it if combines with leaking gas is even much worst

39

 

One set of basic tools like a manual or battery operated saw, battery operated drill and screwdrivers, hammer, bars, wire cutting pliers, shovel, ax, some nuts bolts and nails, etc.

 

1 set, as judged necessary

 

Although these are optional items, they maybe very helpful in case you need to rescue a relative from a collapsed structure or to build a basic shelter, bed etc.

40

 

Gasoline electrical power generator plus spare gas

 

1, if can be afforded

 

This item is optional, if you live in a place where you can store one in a safe manner, this could be a very good idea, otherwise do not keep and store gasoline and other flammables, do not store  flammables inside apartments or regular houses, consult your fire department for advice and regulations, always play safe!

41

 

Bag your important documents and put them in a safety box, where they can be easily grabbed

 

As needed

 

Important documents could be your check book, credit cards, bank account, house and cars titles, ID, passports, and family pictures

42

 

Locate and pace all your emergencies supplies in a safe container

 

As needed

 

Be sure to select a location that could be free of collapsed structures and obstacles, instruct you family were and how to use it

 

Important

This is probably the most comprehensive earthquake preparedness check list on the Internet, please print and use this guide to help you in preparing your emergency plan, this list is based on items more frequently requested by international and local support and relief agencies, 30 days supply could be for some exaggerated but remember that in the later major earthquakes and hurricanes in Japan and in USA, some people had to wait several days to receive sufficient water and food, some waited weeks before all the basic need supplies were received. Although some people may argue that planing with this guide is expensive, it is not in deed  because many of the items listed are already in your possession like your that old casserole or grill that you never use. Furthermore if you correctly label your perishables you can use them before their expiration date and simply replace them with new ones, you can plan to stock your emergency supplies by buying small quantities each week until reach the minimum level.

Believe me, if you ever need to make use of this stock you will be happy that you were prepared, if no needed, I hope not, just use it and replace the consumed items with new ones!

 

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