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BirdieBoo
09-05-2005, 09:10 PM
As we see this disaster unfolding before us, many of us are trying to think of ways to help, who is responsible, etc.

I suggest that everyone stop this for a just a moment and take time to think about yourselves. Yes, yourselves.

Please take a bit of time to make sure yourself and your family is prepared with a 72 hour kit to survive in case of disaster or emergency evacuation. You can put one together yourself or buy a commercially available one, I'd suggest doing it yourself to be more tailored to your family's personal needs.

We keep ours in a rubbermaid container to be stored in the trunk of one of our cars, but a cardboard box will do just fine, as well.

Here is a website put forth by the State of Colorado (http://www.dola.state.co.us/oem/PublicInformation/72hrkit.htm) that has some very good suggestions for items.

Other items I'd suggest would be some prepaid phone cards. Feel free to add to the list with your own suggestions, but just please, be prepared. I am a member of another message board that has several posters that are unaccounted for, and it's just heart-wrenching to see all the messages from people looking for their friends.

Love to all, and take care, :blowkiss: Birdie

NK57
09-05-2005, 09:21 PM
After 9/11 I got one together. I check on it every month. Its a good piece of mind to have a plan and those three backpacks in the closet.

Nancy

BirdieBoo
09-05-2005, 09:31 PM
Good. I'm glad to hear you are prepared. We are also going to add some breathing masks to ours since we live in an area that is prone to fire and may have to go through some smoke.

kgeaux
09-05-2005, 09:33 PM
THANK YOU FOR STARTING THIS THREAD!

Some pointers: You will need a group of items for in case you need to quickly leave your home: Keep up to date photos, important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies, a list of all meds. taken by family members, a list of phone numbers for relatives, etc. all together in one container that is easy to get to and transport. Have your treasured items grouped together--baby pictures, grandmother's christening gown, grandfather's bible (things you cannot replace) grouped together and easy to get to and transport.

Items to have on hand: bottled water, You need to have flashlights with batteries, food that does not need to be heated or refrigerated, like peanut butter, matches, etc.

Pack a bag and check it twice a year: Have a complete change of clothes, or two for each member of your family. Place an extra tube of toothpaste, some new toothbrushes, a hairbrush, razor, and feminine products in the bag.

You also need a group of items to survive a period of time in your home with no electricity or running water. Have water in various containers, fill your tub with fresh water and lots of it. You can use this to drink, or to florce flush a toilet. You will need lots of food that does not need refrigeration or to be cooked.

There's more, but I'm not thinking too clearly right now. But please, please:
Really sit down and think of the bare minimum you will need to sustain your life and the lives of family members. Make a list and prepare those items that may be unique to your family: breathing equipment for an asthmatic, diapers for that baby!

Let's all be prepared. Anything can happen anywhere at any time. We are living in a world in which even something like terrorism is a threat. Let's be ready.

Gabby
09-05-2005, 09:33 PM
First Aid Kit that is checked every 6 mos. for meds expiration dates
Bottled water and Canned meats taht are replaced every 6 mos for freshness
Baby Wipes shampoo alcohol and cotton swabs hydrogen peroxide
Batteries that are replaced by a newer pack every three to six months
Flashlights
Matches and candles
prescription meds ready to grab and pack
travel pillows and travel blankets (and old blanket for the dogs)
underwear and socks
slippers and tennis shoes
deodorant, baby powder, travel toothbrushes and toothpaste
dog food in trial size packs for the dogs dog treats in sealed packs
dog leashes (extra)
portable radio


We have this packed and by the door ..in two large suitcases with wheels... we are prepared...

We live in tornado ally... we have a well stocked tornado shelter and a plan for gettingus there .. There are 30 people on our block, the shelter will allow each of us room and room for my animals... there is one other couple with a dog and she can also get in there.. our dogs are aquainted and so there should be no problems...

This wouldn't carry us all that far, but would get us through the worst ...

JBean
09-05-2005, 09:42 PM
Link to Redcross recommendations:

http://www.redcross.org/services/prepare/0,1082,0_77_,00.html


Taking personal responsibility for you and your family is the most important step you can take in surviving a disaster. Besides having your disaster kit ready, find out about your local/state evacuation plans. If they are inadequate, NOW is the time to find out!

Beyond Belief
09-05-2005, 09:43 PM
Got everything together, House is supplied with 40 gallons of fresh water and food to last close to a month. First aid kits, battery run everything including tools, generator, gas, etc. The only thing we don't have is a blow up boat.

The one thing that really caused problems last season was roofing tacks that had blown all over every road in the county. Too many flat tires and no place with electricity that could fix them. Thus tire repair kits have been added.

I purchased an older home tht I knew could withstand a sizable hurricane. The roof has more tiedowns than you imagine and it also a low pitched barrel tile roof, house is concrete. The trees have been trimmed properly so the air can pass through. We dig out the canals in from of the house ourselves to make sure water will flow properly.

I have no intention of placing my family lives in the hands of someone else. If its a big one, we will leave, but when we get back, there will be the necessities here to see us through the recovery period.

Last season when returning after 5 day to the mess of Frances, I knew the first thing I had to do was find water. Our trash can became the contairer of canal water that we used to flush the toilet. You do what you have to do and be thankful for what you still have.

Gabby
09-05-2005, 09:44 PM
First Aid Kit that is checked every 6 mos. for meds expiration dates
Bottled water and Canned meats taht are replaced every 6 mos for freshness
Baby Wipes shampoo alcohol and cotton swabs hydrogen peroxide
Batteries that are replaced by a newer pack every three to six months
Flashlights
Matches and candles
prescription meds ready to grab and pack
travel pillows and travel blankets (and old blanket for the dogs)
underwear and socks
slippers and tennis shoes
deodorant, baby powder, travel toothbrushes and toothpaste
dog food in trial size packs for the dogs dog treats in sealed packs
dog leashes (extra)
portable radio


We have this packed and by the door ..in two large suitcases with wheels... we are prepared...

We live in tornado ally... we have a well stocked tornado shelter and a plan for gettingus there .. There are 30 people on our block, the shelter will allow each of us room and room for my animals... there is one other couple with a dog and she can also get in there.. our dogs are aquainted and so there should be no problems...

This wouldn't carry us all that far, but would get us through the worst ...



I forgot to add, that we have games down there to play such as cards, and board games... fans and a generator that will power those fans if we have tospend the night.. the place is very well ventillated ... it would be ok for us to stay as long as needed ....

Nova
09-05-2005, 11:01 PM
Excellent thread, guys, excellent!

Human nature being what it is, it's only after a disaster like NO that most people think of being prepared.

Linda7NJ
09-06-2005, 01:09 AM
Just wondering.......

When we were told to buy duct tape and pastic & make a safe room after 9/11 how many of you did?

I didn't, flat out refused to.

Sassygerl
09-06-2005, 01:37 AM
Just wondering.......

When we were told to buy duct tape and pastic & make a safe room after 9/11 how many of you did?

I didn't, flat out refused to.

I did!!!!! In fact, we still have our master bath ready to go!!!! My kids did use some of the pastic sheeting at camp this summer as ground cover for their campouts......I told them to take part of our terror kit!!!!!

Beyond Belief
09-06-2005, 01:38 AM
Another good idea for disaster preparation would be prepaid credit cards usually available at local malls that can be used anywhere credit cards are accepted. Of course you can't use them if the powers out, but if you have to leave town the extra money would certainly come in handy. For seasonal hurricane areas those unused funds could be used for your Christmas shopping and then through the spring invest in those money cards again. Sort of your Christmas/Hurricane account.

Sassygerl
09-06-2005, 01:44 AM
First Aid Kit that is checked every 6 mos. for meds expiration dates
Bottled water and Canned meats taht are replaced every 6 mos for freshness
Baby Wipes shampoo alcohol and cotton swabs hydrogen peroxide
Batteries that are replaced by a newer pack every three to six months
Flashlights
Matches and candles
prescription meds ready to grab and pack
travel pillows and travel blankets (and old blanket for the dogs)
underwear and socks
slippers and tennis shoes
deodorant, baby powder, travel toothbrushes and toothpaste
dog food in trial size packs for the dogs dog treats in sealed packs
dog leashes (extra)
portable radio


We have this packed and by the door ..in two large suitcases with wheels... we are prepared...

We live in tornado ally... we have a well stocked tornado shelter and a plan for gettingus there .. There are 30 people on our block, the shelter will allow each of us room and room for my animals... there is one other couple with a dog and she can also get in there.. our dogs are aquainted and so there should be no problems...

This wouldn't carry us all that far, but would get us through the worst ...

Gabs, you have to be kidding me????? You have all this and it's ready to go by your door????? Seriously???? I'm actually surprised your area has tornado shelters as you don't see many underground shelters here in TX. We are so use to tornado warnings we hardly pay attention anymore. We do keep flashlights handy though and the kids sleep downstairs if the weather is rough. I remember when the F5 was near us that took Jarrell away.....it was scary and sad! All we needed at the time was our walkman radio, a bathtub, and prayer.

ETA: Gabs I'm so glad you are so prepared :D I honestly have never known anyone here in TX so prepared....I will come stay with you when a storm hits :) I do have water though...I'll bring that!!!!!!!

Nova
09-06-2005, 01:57 AM
Just wondering.......

When we were told to buy duct tape and pastic & make a safe room after 9/11 how many of you did?

I didn't, flat out refused to.

I didn't. I thought it was obvious we were being told that because the so-called authorities didn't know what else to say.

txsvicki
09-06-2005, 01:58 AM
Just wondering.......

When we were told to buy duct tape and pastic & make a safe room after 9/11 how many of you did?

I didn't, flat out refused to.


I did that but didn't really get other stuff together very well.

tybee204
09-06-2005, 01:59 AM
Wow ya'll are prepared. The most I have done is put all my photos on disk, made copies and sent copies to family members. I try to remember to keep gas in the car. I am forunate to have the farm in Missouri if I had to look at a long term evacuation. I still have a roof over my head.

Oh I usually have a couple gallons of water, flashlight and a sleeping bag in the trunk of my car.

tybee204
09-06-2005, 02:01 AM
Just wondering.......

When we were told to buy duct tape and pastic & make a safe room after 9/11 how many of you did?

I didn't, flat out refused to.


LOL no I didnt do that. I still dont know what duct tape and plastic were suppose to protect you from.

Nova
09-06-2005, 02:08 AM
LOL no I didnt do that. I still dont know what duct tape and plastic were suppose to protect you from.

I believe it was Anthrax at the time. Or chemical attack (remember those lost crop dusters).

tybee204
09-06-2005, 02:10 AM
I know but unless you made the room airtight ( then suffered Carbin Monoxide poisening) or had a seperate ventilating system what good would the plastic do?

Gabby
09-06-2005, 06:01 AM
Gabs, you have to be kidding me????? You have all this and it's ready to go by your door????? Seriously???? I'm actually surprised your area has tornado shelters as you don't see many underground shelters here in TX. We are so use to tornado warnings we hardly pay attention anymore. We do keep flashlights handy though and the kids sleep downstairs if the weather is rough. I remember when the F5 was near us that took Jarrell away.....it was scary and sad! All we needed at the time was our walkman radio, a bathtub, and prayer.

ETA: Gabs I'm so glad you are so prepared :D I honestly have never known anyone here in TX so prepared....I will come stay with you when a storm hits :) I do have water though...I'll bring that!!!!!!!


My husband's uncle and his wife had the shelter built ... mr.G. and his uncle have lived through a tornado.. 1973 Hubbard, Texas... It is HUGE a big room underground... and they go down in it every so often to make sure it is not holding water and all sorts of creatures.... You and yours are welcome but you have to bring your own blankies...me and the dogs don't share... and yes, this is right by the front door...only thing to do is grab and run

kgeaux
09-06-2005, 07:13 AM
Just wondering.......

When we were told to buy duct tape and pastic & make a safe room after 9/11 how many of you did?

I didn't, flat out refused to.


Me, neither. Duct tape and plastic wouldn't protect you from anything. That was just "busy work" given out to make people feel they could do something to protect themselves.

My husband, a geologist with strong leanings into other sciences, laughed out loud when he heard the safe room. Wouldn't keep a chemical in the world out. But it might just keep the CO2 IN!

Beyond Belief
09-06-2005, 11:10 PM
I don't think too many of us fell for the duct tape and plastic sheeting suggestions, but we do keep those things on hand around here.

Sassygerl
09-07-2005, 12:28 AM
I don't think too many of us fell for the duct tape and plastic sheeting suggestions, but we do keep those things on hand around here.


I did! It was more for peace of mind I think! Reading this thread has made me realize I need to be prepared again (I was a couple years ago....). What an opportune time for the terrorists to hit us again while we're down. My husband even mentioned what if they hit the Astro Dome....although he said it would be very difficult. I'm going to get a kit together once again.....I'm going to follow Gabby's list :D She's prepped!

Beyond Belief
09-07-2005, 06:51 AM
You might want to put a rain slicker in there too.

kgeaux
09-07-2005, 07:41 AM
Rain slickers, great idea!

ALSO: I forgot about this in my earlier post, but our insurance agent suggested that we have either a binder with photos of the interior of our home, values listed on items like computers, furniture, appliances, etc.
Or videotape the interior of your home and pack the tape/binder with your evacuation supplies.

This can help expedite insurance claims.

Beyond Belief
09-07-2005, 07:46 AM
Extra keys too. Maybe even for a neighbors house or the person home your headed too.

BirdieBoo
09-09-2005, 03:52 AM
BUMP

Lots of great ideas here.

Norma
09-09-2005, 04:26 AM
Just wondering.......

When we were told to buy duct tape and pastic & make a safe room after 9/11 how many of you did?

I didn't, flat out refused to.

We already had in the house, so we never went out to purchase anything, though if desperately needed, we would have been in pretty bad shape to throw it together.

But after hubby and I discussed this, we knew that if the two of us were sealed up in only one small room for up to 3 days with each other, one of us wouldn't make it out alive anyway :crazy: , so we didn't bother making a ton of preparations.

Tricia
09-09-2005, 04:35 AM
As we see this disaster unfolding before us, many of us are trying to think of ways to help, who is responsible, etc.

I suggest that everyone stop this for a just a moment and take time to think about yourselves. Yes, yourselves.

Please take a bit of time to make sure yourself and your family is prepared with a 72 hour kit to survive in case of disaster or emergency evacuation. You can put one together yourself or buy a commercially available one, I'd suggest doing it yourself to be more tailored to your family's personal needs.

We keep ours in a rubbermaid container to be stored in the trunk of one of our cars, but a cardboard box will do just fine, as well.

Here is a website put forth by the State of Colorado (http://www.dola.state.co.us/oem/PublicInformation/72hrkit.htm) that has some very good suggestions for items.

Other items I'd suggest would be some prepaid phone cards. Feel free to add to the list with your own suggestions, but just please, be prepared. I am a member of another message board that has several posters that are unaccounted for, and it's just heart-wrenching to see all the messages from people looking for their friends.

Love to all, and take care, :blowkiss: Birdie

BirdieBoo, what a great thread. Thank you.

I live in Utah and disaster prepardness is a big business here. We have several businesses locally dedicated to selling us the latest survival items needed in case of disaster. It's great.

For Christmas this year each of my relatives will recieve a full 72 hour "kit" with everything in it to keep you going. The perfect gift for those hard to buy people.

Earthquakes. That's our biggest worry. I live right below a big damn. I mean right below it. Only when I think about it, like right now, does it bother me.

BirdieBoo
09-11-2005, 08:19 PM
Thank You Tricia. I am bumping this thread because I feel that this cannot be stressed enough. A family evacuation plan may save your life, at the very least, if anyone ever needs to evacuate it will make the evacuation much more comfortable.

I had this drilled into my head at a very young age because we lived below the Teton Dam (http://www.geol.ucsb.edu/faculty/sylvester/Teton%20Dam/welcome_dam.html) when it burst back in the 1970's in Idaho. I remember that day like it was yesterday, even though I was a very small child.

dani
09-13-2005, 03:22 AM
Great thread! Thank you for starting this.

OK…where do I get a "Triangular Bandage (36"x36"x52")" and what do I do with it? (This is on the list from the Colorado website.)

Those new flashlights that you *shake* would be great! No batteries required. And the same for the *wind-up* type radios.

Everlife Flashlight---->http://everlifeflashlight.com/

We have a hand-held scanner that I keep that charged, along with a few extra batteries, to be able to hear the police, fire dept., weather, etc. Your local Radio Shack store will give you a free copy of all the emergency channels in your area.

dani

BirdieBoo
09-13-2005, 01:37 PM
You should be able to get a triangular bandage fron any local pharmacy, or as an alternate, you can use a bandanna folded in half diagonally, or make some from an old sheet cut triangular-ly.

kgeaux
09-13-2005, 03:51 PM
You should be able to get a triangular bandage fron any local pharmacy, or as an alternate, you can use a bandanna folded in half diagonally, or make some from an old sheet cut triangular-ly.

But, Birdie, what do you do with it? Is it to use as a sling?

dani
09-13-2005, 04:58 PM
You should be able to get a triangular bandage fron any local pharmacy, or as an alternate, you can use a bandanna folded in half diagonally, or make some from an old sheet cut triangular-ly.

:laugh:
I wish there was an icon with *a tongue-in-cheek*. I was being silly. I've just never seen a bandage that was 3-ft. x 3-ft. x 4-1/3 ft. It could be a body cast for Tatoo (the Fantasy Island guy).

Besides, anyone with a cut that requires that big of a bandage is probably a *goner* anyway.

My case of the "sillys" has carried over to today. I'm now trying to picture a family size box of these on the shelf at WalMart, and a fork-lift to get it to my car, and then getting them to the shelter to share…OK, I'll quit now. :blushing:

But you are obviously very sweet and very helpful. Thank you! :blowkiss:

dani
09-13-2005, 05:13 PM
But, Birdie, what do you do with it? Is it to use as a sling?

Along about the 3rd day in a shelter they might be useful to stick toddlers to the walls? :slap:

kgeaux
09-13-2005, 07:22 PM
Along about the 3rd day in a shelter they might be useful to stick toddlers to the walls? :slap:


HaHa! 'round about the 3rd day in a shelter, you probably don't need anything to stick the poor lil guys to the wall. They are probably sufficently sticky enough by then to be self sticking!

That reminds me of one of my English friends (well, former friend) who told me when I had 4 children ages 5 and under that I should put dog collars around their necks, hook em up to leashes and nail the leashes to the walls. HMMPH!

BirdieBoo
09-13-2005, 08:27 PM
But, Birdie, what do you do with it? Is it to use as a sling?
Yes, you use it as a sling. you can also fold them in several different ways, when wrapped correctly they can be used to splint a sprained ankle, etc. I remember learning all these uses for them once upon a time in Girl Scouts, I just don't remember all the particular uses, but they are very versatile. And yes, I believe when tied correctly they can be used to tie a toddler LOL.

dani
09-14-2005, 01:19 AM
Yes, you use it as a sling. you can also fold them in several different ways, when wrapped correctly they can be used to splint a sprained ankle, etc. I remember learning all these uses for them once upon a time in Girl Scouts, I just don't remember all the particular uses, but they are very versatile. And yes, I believe when tied correctly they can be used to tie a toddler LOL.

OK…I think I know where I went wrong. When it said "bandage" I pictured it to be a flesh colored 3-ft. x 3-ft. x 5-ft. *band-aid*. I got it now…a "bandage" is cloth material. :doh: (Guess my blondness is really showing now. :blushing: )

bandage |?bandij| noun

a strip of material used to bind a wound or to protect an injured part of the body : her leg was swathed in bandages | a sterile adhesive bandage with nonstick pad. verb [ trans. ] bind (a wound or a part of the body) with a protective strip of material : bandage the foot so that the ankle is supported | the doctors bandaged up his wounds. ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from French, from bande (see band 2 ).

dani

kgeaux…I have walked in your shoes. When the twins were born that gave me four under 4! Yowzah!!! :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

kgeaux
09-14-2005, 08:55 AM
kgeaux…I have walked in your shoes. When the twins were born that gave me four under 4! Yowzah!!! :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:


Busy days, huh Dani? I remember crying my heart out at midnight standing by the sink trying to wash dishes so we'd have clean cups in the morning! Hubby works away from home 21 days out of every month, so I was alone alot. And the LAUNDRY! :eek: OMG!! And I remember putting all those little people in my bed and sleeping with a big wiggling heap of babies, oh the glory! I'd go back to those days in a heartbeat. Oh, to feel those little arms around my neck and kiss those sticky little mouths again!!

Beyond Belief
09-18-2005, 09:38 AM
Now is the time for South Fl and other vulnerable areas to pay attention to the good ideas on this thread.

Be prepared, not scared.

BirdieBoo
09-23-2005, 04:10 AM
Bumpity Bump.

This thread is for everyone. Everywhere. As we are seeing more and more devastation by mother nature approaching, don't sit back and say "that doesn't happen here". Odds are, it won't but best to be prepared anyway.