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Tips for a Disaster Supply Check List, Persons with Special Needs, and Pet Owners

Household Disaster Supply Check List

  • Cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $100 on hand
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods.
  • After an earthquake, immediately turn off the gas and water
  • You can use the water in the hot water heater as a source of drinking water
  • Flashlight, battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
  • Candles
  • Medications for a least one month and other essential personal items
  • Be sure to change medications before they expire. Keep a list of the medications for each member of your household takes
  • Fire Extinguisher and a First-aid kit
  • Child care supplies or other special items
  • Extra blankets and auxiliary source for heating, such as a kerosene heater, generators, etc. Remember, many people die from carbon monoxide because of improper use of kerosene heaters, generators,  etc.
  • Car charger and/or solar charger for you cell phone
  • Check on your neighbors

Tips for Persons with Special Needs

  • Determine what type of support you may need in an emergence
  • Include your home care attendant and others in your network in your planning process
  • If you are dependent on electricity for your wheelchair, breathing machine or any other life sustaining device, plan for a loss of power
  • The hearing impaired may need to make special arrangements through a neighbor or friend to make sure they receive emergency warnings
  • Mobility impaired people may need assistance to get to a shelter or to evacuate from buildings.  Keep in mind elevators will not work in a power outage. Persons with illnesses that utilize  electrically powered medically necessary equipment should check in with their families or doctors
  • People with special dietary needs should have an adequate emergency supply

Tips for Pets Owners

  • Water, food and containers
  • A leash / muzzle/ harness
  • A copy of all current vaccination and micro- chips numbers
  • Medication for your pet (if needed)
  • A pet carrier or cage
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