■ Water—enough so that each person has
a gallon a day for 72 hours, but preferably
enough or one week. Store in airtight con
tainers and replace it every six months.
Store disinfectants such as iodine tablets or
chlorine bleach, eight drops per gallon, to
purify water if necessary.
■ First aid kit. Make sure it’s well stocked, es
pecially with bandages and disinfectants.
■ Fire extinguisher. Your fire extinguisher
should be suitable for all types of fires. Teach
all family members how to use it.
■ Flashlights with extra batteries. Keep flash
lights beside your bed and in several other
locations. Do not use matches or candles
after an earthquake until you are certain
there are no gas leaks.
■ Portable radio with extra batteries. Most
telephones will be out of order or limited to
emergency use. The radio will be your best
source of information.
■ Extra blankets, clothing, shoes, and money.
■ Alternate cooking sources. Store a barbecue
or camping stove for outdoor cooking. Cau
tion: Ensure there are no gas leaks before
you use any kind of fire as a cooking source
and do not use charcoal indoors.
■ Special items. Have at least a week’s supply of
medications and food for infants and those
with special needs. Don’t forget pet food.
■ Tools. Have an adjustable or pipe wrench for
turning off gas and water.
■ Whistle. If you are stranded somewhere, blow
ing a whistle repeatedly will draw rescuers’
attention to you while saving your voice.
PrePare a Financial
Disaster recovery Kit
After an earthquake, you’ll need copies of essential
financial documents, as well as emergency cash.
Keep the following items together, current, and
stored in a fireproof document safe. You may also
consider keeping these items in a safe deposit box.
■ Legal Documents
◗ Birth certificates
◗ Marriage license/divorce papers and child
◗ Passports and copies of driver’s licenses
◗ Social security cards
◗ Naturalization papers and residency
◗ Military/veteran’s pap