Earthquake Kit Supplies and Emergency Preparedness

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Survival kit for your workplace

Assemble a survival kit for the workplace with the following supplies:

  • Food (nonperishable -- nutrition bars, trail mix, etc.)

  • Bottled water

  • Jacket or sweatshirt

  • Pair of sturdy shoes

  • Flashlight with fresh batteries

  • Battery-operated radio with fresh batteries

  • Essential medications

  • Blanket

  • Small first aid kit

  • Extra pair of eyeglasses and/or contact lens solution

  • Whistle or other signaling device

Emergency Water Storage And Purification

Following are recommendations for storing and purifying water supplies.

  • The minimum drinking water supply is 1 gallon per person per day. You will also need water for food preparation, bathing, brushing teeth, and dish washing. Store a 3-5 day supply of water (at least 5 gallons for each person).

  • Water should be stored in sturdy plastic bottles with tight-fitting lids. Rinsed chlorine bleach bottles work well for water storage. Plastic containers for juice and milk do not work as well because they tend to crack and leak more readily. All containers should be labeled.

  • Stored water should be changed every 6 months.

  • Avoid placing water containers in areas where toxic substances, such as gasoline and pesticides, are present. Vapors may penetrate the plastic over time.

Do not store water containers in direct sunlight. Select a place with a fairly constant, cool temperature.

Safe Water Sources In The Home

If you do not have enough water stored, there are sources in your home that may provide safe, clean water for drinking purposes.

  • Water drained from the water heater faucet, if the water heater has not been damaged.

  • Water dipped from the tank of the toilet (not the bowl). The water in the bowl can be used for pets. Do not use water that has been chemically treated or "blue" water.

  • Melted ice cubes.

  • Canned fruit, vegetable juice, and liquids from other canned goods.

  • Water from swimming pools and spas can be used for personal hygiene, cleaning, and related uses, but not for drinking.

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