Tuesday, September 18, 2007

In A Disaster: What's in YOUR Kit?

  • During National Preparedness Month, the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department remind you...

    One of the easiest ways you can prepare for emergencies is to keep some supplies readily available. Every kit is unique and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your family. Below is a general list of supplies you may want to consider:

    Tools and Supplies
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
    Emergency preparedness manual and a copy of your disaster plan, including your emergency contacts list
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
  • Flashlight and extra batteries*
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change*
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
  • Fire Extinguisher: small ABC type stored near where fires are likely to occur such as a kitchen, or near a fireplace. It should not be kept in the disaster supplies kit*
  • Tube tent
  • Duct Tape*
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil*
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench or pliers, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle*
  • Plastic sheeting*

Map of the area (for locating shelters and evacuation routes)

* Indicates an Essential Item...

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

In A Disaster: What's in YOUR Kit?

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