Water first

  •  Store 1 gallon/person/day x 14 days; ? gallon per pet per day x 14 days. Total Gallons = _________. (Consider bulk delivery of bottled water in 2.5 gallon jugs of distilled bottled water to your home.) Store in quake-proof location.
  • Store a small-sized bottle of regular, unscented chlorine bleach along with an eyedropper and a printout of the “EPA Emergency Disinfection of Drinking
    Water” fact sheet by your water supply. (Fact sheet tells you how much bleach to use. Replace bleach every 6 months; it becomes inactive.)
  • Strap down water heater; store short hose near water heater spigot with tool to open spigot to access this water if needed after quake.
    In cars, store bottled water in case you need to walk home (trunk, interior side pockets)

    Toilet second
  •  Emergency Toilet—store a supply of plastic bags that fit your current toilet or make your own Twin Bucket Emergency Toilet (ask at the Madison Park Hardware Store or online). Store hand sanitizer.

    Make a household family plan
  • Agree on a meeting place and who will handle kids, elders, pets
  • Designate an out-of-town contact person (Spokane or further away)
  • Explain to family members how to use this person
  • Give that designated person a list of people to contact
  • Practice communicating (always note the time in every voice or text msg)
  • Find, label, and educate family members on how to turn off the gas (located outside)
  • Find, label, and educate family members on how to turn off the main water values (in/out the house)
  • Create ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact in your phone – add to your phone’s locked screen
  • Scan important documents onto thumb drive and/or the “cloud”—store safely

    Courtesy of Ann Forrest,chair, NE Emergency Communication HUBs