review of Common Sense Preparedness.txt
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
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.
Summary by Alan Detwiler, author of Thrivers In An Uncertain Future, bio at http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/alandetwiler