A Go Kit might be stuffed in a backpack with basic camping supplies, food, water, radio, and a family plan for the first 72 hours. Make one for your car and for work. A larger earthquake kit for your home should have basic supplies for two weeks.
Start with three necessities:
- Water — one gallon per person per day. A two week supply is recommended. That’s 14 gallons per person.
- Food — items that don’t need to be refrigerated or cooked (e.g., peanut butter, canned meats, energy bars, canned fruits and vegetables, etc.)
- First Aid Kit — include any prescription and over-the counter medications.
Store your kit in a structurally sound location. It should include the following:
- Water – one to three gallons per person per day, for drinking, cooking and sanitary needs.
- Food – ready to eat, non-perishable, high-protein, high-calorie foods that you enjoy (peanut butter, canned meats, energy bars, canned fruits and vegetables, etc.).
- First aid kit and first aid reference guide.
- Portable battery-operated radio and spare batteries.
- Flashlights and spare batteries.
- List of emergency contacts.
- Blankets, extra clothing, sturdy shoes and gloves.
- Can opener (non-electric).
- Five days or more of critical medications
- Extra pair of eyeglasses, copies of important documents and comfort items such as toys, books and games.
- Food and water for pets.
- Map of local area in case evacuation is necessary.
- Crescent wrench for utility shut-off.
- Duct tape and plastic sheeting or large plastic garbage bags.
- Extra cash and coins for emergency purchases and pay phones.
First Aid Kit
You can buy a first aid kit or build one using the list below.
- Disposable gloves (two pairs).
- Scissors and safety pins.
- Roller gauze and elastic bandages.
- Non-stick sterile pads (different sizes).
- Assorted adhesive bandages.
- Triangle bandages (three).
- Aspirin or substitute.
- Antibiotic ointment.
- Current prescriptions medicines.
- Disinfectant (for cleaning wounds).
- Petroleum jelly.
- Cotton balls.
- Tongue depressors (two).
- Soap and clean cloth/moistened towelettes.
- Eye dressing or pad.
- Paper tape.
- Small plastic cup.
- Pen and note paper.
- Emergency phone numbers.
- First aid reference guide or first aid manual.
- Include usual non-prescription medications, including pain relievers, antacids, ipecac, laxatives, hydrocortisone cream and vitamins.
A Go Kit
You also might pack essential supplies in a backback that you can grab and go. Pack some gloves, bandages, flashlight, water, documentation of family members, and your family plan. Consider a Go Kit for your car, one for your workplace, and one for each family member. That bag could come in handy.
An Emergency GO-KIT PASSPORT is a printed and detailed emergency plan that each family member should carry.
Your Family Plan:
Your Family Plan gets everyone on the same page. It may be more important then putting food in a box. When phones are down, a Family Plan can save the day. Put a copy in everyone’s wallet or purse.
Meet Me Plan:
Decide on safe, familiar places where your family can reunite. This location should be accessible for everyone. If you have pets or service animals, think about animal-friendly locations. Identify the following places:
- In your neighborhood: This is a place in your neighborhood where your household members will meet if there is a fire or other emergency and you need to leave your home. The meeting place could be a big tree, a mailbox at the end of the driveway, or a neighbor’s house.
- Outside of your neighborhood: This is a place where your family will meet if a disaster happens when you’re not at home and you can’t get back to your home. This could be a library, community center, house of worship, or family friend’s home.
- Out of town: This meeting place could be the home of a relative or family friend, if you cannot get home or to back to your community. Make sure everyone knows the address and discuss ways you would get there.
- A spare, inexpensive smartphone with prepaid minutes may be handy. Pay As You Go Plans let you buy a lump sum of minutes or pay as little as $3/mo for 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts.
- If you do not have a mobile phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use.
- Use email, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks to communicate. That allows you to share information quickly with a widespread audience or to find out if loved ones are OK.
- The Internet can be used for telephone calls through Voice over Internet Protocol. Calls and SMS text messages can be sent over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi. with a free app like Skype.
- Test out the (Skype) app amongst yourselves. Regular cell phone service may be down or busy. Of course Internet access is likely to be “down” too!
Neighborhood Emergency Team Kit
A NET Kit is a backpack which contains the tools and materials a NET member may use in an emergency deployment. It is not the same as a home preparedness kit.
Basic gear includes:
- Backpack, 1200 in³ or larger
- Protective helmet
- Safety goggles
- N95 alpha-style mask (two pack)
- 4-in-1 tool
- Duct tape, 10 yd. roll
- LED Flashlight
- NET ID and lanyard
- 15” prybar
- NET vest
- Cutting tool
- Nylon cord, ¹⁄₈” 100’ roll
- Tough gloves
- Note pad and writing instrument
- AM/FM radio
- First Aid kit