National Preparedness Month and $25 Giveaway #2
This month is National Preparedness month and I am excited to be working with Clorox and American Red Cross to share important information that will help us prepare for emergencies. This week, we’re focusing on Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit with your family. Building a comprehensive emergency preparedness kit is an important component of emergency preparedness. Here is a checklist you can use to start your kit:
- Water (minimum three day supply for evacuations, two week supply for home, washing, and drinking)
- Non-perishable foods (minimum three day supply for evacuations, two week supply for home)
- Assorted battery pack (purchase the pack that provides a variety of battery sizes so that you’re prepared no matter the need)
- Multipurpose tool
- First aid kit
- Medications (at least a 7 day supply)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio if possible)
- Extra Clothing
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergeny Blanket
- Maps of the area
- Copies of important documents – in case of emergency, you’ll need copies of birth records, household lease or deed, medications list, passports and homeowners insurance policies. If you cannot locate your insurance documents, contact your homeowners insurance company and they should be able to provide a copy for you.
- Household liquid bleach. Did you know that bleach, like Clorox Liquid Bleach, can not only disinfect surfaces but also can be used to create drinkable water? Here’s how:
To Disinfect Surfaces: Use 1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water, or as directed on the label, to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces in your home.
To Disinfect Water: If you need to purify water during an emergency, (and do not have the means to boil it for 3-5 minutes), you may disinfect your water using bleach. If water is clear, add 8 drops (1/8 tsp) of bleach per gallon of water. If water is cloudy, add 16 drops (1/4 tsp) of bleach per gallon of water. Mix the solution thoroughly and let it stand for about 30 minutes before using it. Properly treated water should have a slight chlorine odor. If it doesn’t, repeat dosage and allow water to stand an additional 15 minutes. The treated water can be made drinkable by pouring it between clean containers several times.
Check out your local home supply store. Many of them sell pre-assembled emergency preparedness supplies that provide a great foundation for the full kit you will need to build.
When disaster strikes you could ANYWHERE, so make sure you have either a full or abbreviated emergency preparedness kit (i.e. food, water and change of clothes) at work and in your vehicles.
Make sure the members of your household are aware of each kit, its content and its location. In the event of an emergency, its essential to make sure everyone, even the children, are prepared.
Do you have pets? Are they included in your preparedness plan? If not, they should be! You’ll find out more about creating a plan for your pets in next week’s blog post!
For more information, please visit www.clorox.com/redcross and download the preparedness guide: Prepare Yourself Now for Peace of Mind Later.
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