Preparedness Email - Week 16
Shelter in Place - What Do You Need to Keep Folks Happy?
Are You Comfortable? Are the Kids Entertained?
Today's task is short and sweet. Put into your "disaster supply kit" at least one item for each person that battles boredom or provides comfort. Good choices might be a paperback book, playing cards, a compact game, toys, a small musical instrument, or items with emotional significance like a teddy bear or a favorite blanket.
Do you need a light source to be able to use that item? Does it need to be stored in a sealed plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet?
Don’t forget your pets! What might they need?
Storing Your Supplies
Now you should have an adequate shelter-in-place disaster kit that can support your needs for 3 days. How will you store it? A clear plastic tub makes it easy to see what's inside. Some people divvy things up into separate backpacks. In a coming email, we’ll see how your home kit can double as a go-bag.
However you chose to store your home kit, it now contains items to sustain life and a well-stocked first aid kit compete with manual. You have tools to shut off utilities and appliances, and materials to seal the house if the structure is damaged. You have a radio to get news, and a few things to pass the time.
Doesn’t that feel great? Stay Safe!
* This email series -- brought to you by neighborhood volunteers at Transition Longfellow -- is designed to help you become more prepared for extreme weather emergencies. Transition Longfellow does not recommend any particular product, nor do we receive any money for advertising any products. Products linked or mentioned in these emails are for illustration purposes only. Transition Longfellow is not an expert source and all relevant topics may not be covered. Please use these emails as a starting point for your research into preparedness.
Sign Up for the Preparedness Challenge
Every few weeks you will receive an email with one action item you can take immediately to begin to prepare your family, home or car for extreme weather. By the end of the year, you will either know what you need to do next, or you will have completed your preparedness plan.