February 2005

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness means being ready for the unexpected. Whether it is a natural disaster or more human disasters. We up here don't have to worry about many natural disasters,  but we still have tornados and blizzards. And there is always the human elements like fires, train derailments, and now bomb threats. We tend to think nothing is going to happen to us, especially up here, but we have had a train derailment  where we had to evacuate the entire town, and miles around because of train cars on fire containing propane. We have had a Train derailment where train cars containing annyhdous ammonia leaked and covered the city and surrounding areas, causing many injuries and one death mainly because no one knew what to do. Most residents in our rural state live within a very short distance to train tracks.  You can never know for sure if something may happen suddenly that will cause you to flee from your home, either a fire in your home, or maybe your neighbors home, There are many meth labs around, even in homes, and these can cause potential explosions, and dangerous fumes. You should have an emergency escape plan for fire or any emergency evacuation, you should have a emergency shelter in your basement for tornados, and even a plan for if the power goes out in a winter storm and you are stranded without heat.

You should have a 72 hour emergency kit,  and  Winter survival kits for your home and vehicle. (ingredients for the winter kits are listed in my November 2004 newsletter on emergency heating and winter survival,) You should have a emergency first aid kit in your vehicle and in your home. You should also have important papers such as birth records, policies and such together where you can quickly grab them and not need to search through files when you dont have any time.

Some other  things you can have ready for your Preparedness are as follows, (depending on where you live and what you are able to have.)  Generator and fuel,  Water Filters/Purifiers,  Portable Toilets,  Seasoned Firewood,  Candles . Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps, Lantern Mantles,  Coleman Fuel, Charcoal & Lighter fluid, Propane Cylinders, Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene) Fire extinguishers (or.. large box of Baking soda in every room...)  Matches. Flashlights, lightsticks,  Tents and extra blankets,  Cots & Inflatable mattresses. Sleeping bags & blankets/pillows/mats .  Hand-Can openers, whisks,   Water containers,  Grain Grinder (Non-electric)   Emergency disaster manuals, Boy Scout Handbook.  Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc,  Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry) Laundry detergent (Liquid)  Bleach (plain, NOT scented:).  Vitamins,  Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products, Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers,etc. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave).  Thermal underwear, Underwear, T-shirts, socks etc. (extras).   Bow saws, axes and hatchets & Wedges (also, honing oil)  Aluminum foil Reg. & Hvy. Duty,  Gasoline containers, Garbage bags.  Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towels. Clothes pins/line/hangers. Batteries  all sizes. Writing paper/pads/pencils/solar calculators,  Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime)  Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts,  Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (Jot down ideas, feelings, experiences)  Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage,)  Cast iron cookware,  Fishing supplies/tools . Mosquito coils/repellent sprays/creams,  Duct tape. Tarps stakes /twine/nails/rope/spikes. Backpacks & Duffle bags. Garden tools & supplies. Garden seeds (Non-hybrid)  Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies. Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax). Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel. Bicycles. Tires /tubes/pumps/chains, etc.  Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered). Board Games. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets. Paper plates/cups/utensils. oils, waterless & Anti-bacterial soap (saves a lot of water). Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels).  Reading glasses. Evacuation kits (packed with 3 days supplies). Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens,  Roll-on Window Insulation Kit. Lumber (all types).   Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, ect. Paraffin wax. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc. Chewing gum/candies. Hats,  Plus your food storage.

The American College of Emergency Physicians suggests that these items be in your Home First Aid Kit:

other items you can also add to your first aid kit are..

  • first-aid manual
  • soap
  • hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • extra prescription medications (if the family is going on vacation)
  • calamine lotion
  • thermometer
  • plastic gloves (at least 2 pairs)
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross)
  • your list of emergency phone numbers
  • blanket (stored nearby)
    Make sure to mark your calanders for our Family Preparedness and Health Fair. Which will be March 19th 2005  from 1pm to 4pm. In the Church Cultural Hall. We expect a good turn out and hope it helps us all get into the 'spirit' of being ready as the Prophets have repeatetly counciled us to be.

    President Spencer W. Kimball ,  Develope your skills in your home preservation and storage.  We reaffirm the previous counsel the Church has always given, to acquire and maintain a year's supply of the basic commodities for us. (Ensign, May 19776, pp124, 125).

    You can find more information on Being Prepared, Recipes  and previous newsletters at my website  The Scratching Post  www.mrskitty.org