* Be prepared to quickly evacuate should danger approach
* Be equipped to shelter in place at home without utilities and services during a widespread disaster
* Be ready for an events that could occur without warning when you're outside of your home
Resources and Suggestions
~ Download the Building Your Emergency Kit guide
~ Choose a container that is portable and durable. This container is similar to the one that the presenter uses. Store in a place that is free of falling hazard, accessible, and secure from possible theft. Sheds, car trunks and main-story closets are good options. Don't store in the basement or attic. If you camp, put all your camping items near or in the kit.
~ Each member of your household requires one gallon of water per day for drinking, eating, and basic sanitary needs. In the PNW, the recommendation is at least 14 gallons per person. Two Aqua Tainers apiece will do the trick.
~ Be sure to properly prepare, store and replenish your emergency drinking water.
~ Have 14 days of shelf-stable food (42 meals) per person in your home. In the event of an emergency, eat perishables first, then your emergency foods.
~ After a major event like an earthquake, the toilets likely won't work. Put together an emergency 2-bucket toilet system.
~ If you rely on prescription medication, this too should be stockpiled should your doctor and pharmacy be unavailable. Both Oregon and Washington have prescription drug programs that will allow you to purchase a substantially discounted emergency supply of many medications. There are no prequalifications except state residency.