common sense preparedness.txt

This is a review/summary of the article "Commonsense preparedness just makes sense" By Jackie Clay

Suggestions for what to do to prepare for possible times of need such as power outages from storms, loss of income, or having unexpected dependents.

Have 30 to 60 gallons of water stored and have a water filter capable of removing parasitic protozoa.

Keep 2 years worth of canned, dried, other long-keeping food. Store food that you use so your stock is regularly rotated. Keep food and water in your car: for example, canned meat, crackers, dried soup, and candy.

Have medical supplies including scissors; tweezers, two rolls sterile gauze, sterile gauze pads, cotton, saline solution, topical ointment containing antibiotics or sulfa, topical anesthetic, A & D ointment, elastic bandage, small towels, pan for water, a temporary dental filling kit, bandaids, butterfly sutures, surgical adhesive tape, antihistamines, antibiotics (if your doctor will write a prescription for your emergency kit for you), any medicines you need, bar of soap, and alcohol or Betadine. You may want to include suturing material and needles, forceps, scalpels and blades, injectable local anesthetic, epinephrine, and splinting material.

Study a first aid book or take a course.

Keep a list of emergency phone numbers such as hospital, poison control, police, fire, etc.

Have a backup way of heating your home such as wood stove, wall mount propane heaters, kerosine heaters, and a supply of fuel stored outside. In your car keep heavy blankets and winter clothing.

Backup cooking can be done with a countertop propane stove with flexible hose connected to a portable tank.

For lighting keep candles, flashlight, and kerosine lamps.

Keep 50 gallons of water for toilet flushing and if possible an outhouse. If needed, have extra diapers and napkins or cloth. Keep a supply of toilet paper or cloth, bar soap and laundry soap.

Keep your car well maintained, fueled up, equiped with repair tools and extra oil and coolant. Emergency items for the car include a shovel, sand for traction, gas can, a lantern, compass, and road map. Have 10 gallons of gasoline stored outside.

Every family member should know how to shut of heating gas, main electrical switch, how to use fire extinguishers, and know alternate escape routes from the house in case of fire.

Cash should be kept for purchases when power outages makes credit cards useless.

Have a backpack with basic first aid supplies, a space blanket, spam, a lighter, knife, pocket transistor radio, toilet paper, change of warm socks, compass, water, minimal fishing gear like a length of line and a few small hooks and flies, strips of jerky, trail mix, candy, and a multi tool.

Make preparedness a game, having enthusiasm instead of fear.

Synopsis submitted by Alan Detwiler: rural resident, gardener, advocate of resilient living and self sufficiency. Bio at