Disaster Planning According to FEMA: A few years ago FEMA released a statement about disaster planning…
If you don’t want to read the entire statement, I will summarize what they recommend you have on hand the first 72 hours.
FEMA states that the first 72 hours after a disaster are the most critical as electricity, gas, water and phones may not be working or working properly. FEMA recommends people be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days following a disaster.
FEMA recommends keeping the following on hand:
- Food: plenty of NON-PERISHABLE food for each person for at least 72 hours
- Non-Perishable does not mean go out and buy milk and eggs.
- Non-perishable: crackers, peanut butter & fluff, possibly bread (this is perishable, but will usually hold for 1 week), ramen noodles, mac & cheese, rice, pasta & spaghetti sauce, granola bars, dried fruits & nuts, dry cereal, canned goods, chocolate, gatorade mix or bottled gatorade
- Water: each person should have AT LEAST a gallon a day for 72 hours, but if possible, a week. Buy iodine tablets or chlorine bleach to purify water if necessary (unless you purchased bottled water).
- First aid kit: well stocked w/bandages and disinfectants, baby wipes are good to have with this if you don’t have running water
- Fire extinguisher: make sure everyone in the household knows how to use it
- Flashlight with extra batteries: keep one near your bed and a few other areas in your house. DO NOT use matches or candles unless you are POSITIVE there are no gas leaks.
- Weather Radios with battery backup. TVs & phones may not be working; the radio may be the only way to know what’s going on
- Miscellaneous: blankets, clothes, shoes, CASH.
- Alternative cooking sources: grill or camping stove – will help cook food such as mac & cheese, ramen, etc
- Use crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to cook smores over a grill or camping stove – this will lighten everyone’s mood! 🙂
We will not close our doors, we will have internet and phone service, we will be here to service our clients.