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Emergency Supplies Checklist

The first 72 hours after a major emergency or disaster are critical. Electricity, gas, water, and telephones may not be working. In addition, public safety services such as police and fire departments will be busy handling serious crises. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient — able to live without running water, electricity and/or gas, and telephones — for at least three days following a major emergency. To do so, keep on hand in a central location the following:

THE ESSENTIALS

Water — 1 gallon per person per day (a week’s supply of water is preferable)

Water purification kit

First aid kit, freshly stocked

First aid book

Food

Can opener (non-electric)

Blankets or sleeping bags

Portable radio, flashlight and spare batteries

Essential medications

Extra pair of eyeglasses

Extra pair of house and car keys

Fire extinguisher — A-B-C type

Food, water and restraint (leash or carrier) for pets

Cash and change

Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap and baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices.

SANITATION SUPPLIES

Large plastic trash bags for waste; tarps and rain ponchos

Large trash cans

Bar soap and liquid detergent

Shampoo

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Feminine hygiene supplies

Toilet paper

Household bleach

SAFETY & COMFORT

Sturdy shoes

Heavy gloves for clearing debris

Candles and matches

Light sticks

Change of clothing

Knife or razor blades

Garden hose for siphoning and firefighting

Tent

Communication kit: paper, pens, stamps

COOKING

Plastic knives, forks, spoons

Paper plates and cups

Paper towels

Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Camping stove for outdoor cooking (caution: before using fire to cook, make sure there are no gas leaks; never use charcoal indoors)

TOOLS & SUPPLIES

Axe, shovel, broom

Adjustable wrench for turning off gas

Tool kit including a screwdriver, pliers and a hammer

Coil of half-inch rope

Plastic tape, staple gun and sheeting for window replacement

Bicycle

City map

USEFUL WEB LINKS

Additional emergency preparedness information can be found at the following addresses:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security: www.ready.gov

American Red Cross: www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/

Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov/pte/cfp.htm

Source: Dougherty County EMA