National Nurses United

Registered Nurse September 2008

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Cover 4:2 9/30/08 2:11 PM Page 24 You're always ready to help others in a disaster,but can you take care of yourself? As an RN, you would never hesitate to offer your skills in an emergency, but do you and your family have the necessary supplies at home, at the office, or even in your car to survive on your own for a few days? The first 72 hours after an event are critical. Electricity, gas, water, and telephones may not be working. You know from experience that public safety services will be busy handling serious crises. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient—able to live without running water, electricity, gas, and telephones—for at least three days following a major emergency. Stock and keep the items on this list in a central location. Be smart. Be prepared. Essentials Sanitation Supplies Cooking Water—One gallon per person per day (a week's supply 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 Large plastic trash bag for waste and to use as tarps and rain ponchos Large trash cans Bar soap and liquid detergent Shampoo Toothpaste and toothbrushes Feminine hygiene supplies Toilet paper Household bleach 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) Safety and Comfort Axe, shovel, broom Adjustable wrench for turning off gas Tool kit including a screwdriver, pliers, and hammer Coil of V" rope Plastic tape, staple gun, and sheeting for window replacement Bicycle City map Sturdy shoes Heavy gloves for clearing debris Candles and matches in waterproof container Light sticks Change of clothing Knife or razor blades Garden hose for siphoning and firefighting Tent Communication kit: Paper, pens, stamps Tools and Supplies Source: California Office of Emergency Services supplies checklist

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