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Need a one-stop guide on disaster preparedness of all kinds? A 34 page, comprehensive guide is available here. If you are in need of just the basic checklists, we have those available also:
Survival for the first 5 days after an event (120 hours) involves more than just food and water. First aid, hygiene supplies, tools, toiletry materials, even small items such as hammers, pry bars, and hand axes may become very handy, and
could literally mean the difference between life and death. A small propane camp stove can be used for cooking. Just a simple, inexpensive tent can provide shelter from many elements, not only rain. Flashlights, a solar or wind-up radio, and fresh batteries are essential. Something as simple as a book of matches may become crucial in an emergency.
This section of the CERT website is dedicated to providing lists that you can use to start building your own survival cache of supplies and tools. And, remember...5 days is just a suggestion. In a major earthquake, we might be cut off from resupply for many weeks...even months. When help does arrive, there will be a lot of competition for scarce supplies. We believe that each family should be prepared to subsist for weeks with minimal help from outside sources.
In the pages of this section of the MtnCERT.ORG website, you’ll find an incredible amount of information about how to gather, store, and maintain a personal safety and survival system. You’ll find help in creating a storage area within your home, where to position it for maximum access in the event of earthquake, along with information about rotation and replacement of items.
Disasters don’t care what season it is, and they ignore the holidays. While we expect blizzards to be confined to the winter season, earthquakes and fires never take a season off. Terrorism, nuclear, and biological threats could come at any time. A sudden and sever earthquake could make your house uninhabitable in just seconds, at any time, in any season, day or night. Proper preparedness requires that you be able to take care of yourself and your family for at least a few days, until emergency teams and supplies arrive on the scene. Even one night in sub-freezing weather could be fatal. At the very least, a night spent sleeping outdoors, with little or no protection, would be uncomfortable.
Consider investing in an inexpensive tent that would shelter your family. Sleeping bags, while not mandatory, would certainly make things more comfortable. And, a tarp large enough to shelter your tent from rain can be obtained for just a few dollars at Harbor Freight, or one of the many discount supply big-box stores.
You’ll find many other useful disaster preparedness forms at www.ready.gov
The fact is that even with adequate preparation, you still may find yourself living in a shelter, eating and sleeping with large groups of people you didn’t know up to that point. The shock to the system and the emotional strain may be great. However, the strain will be much worse if you have done no preparation at all, if you’ve lost contact with your family, and if you are many miles from your former residence.
In the pages that follow, the Lake Arrowhead area CERT organizations hope to provide enough information to mitigate the disruptions to your life and to that of your family members.
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Three Steps to Creating a Family Disaster Plan