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Carol's Disaster Kit


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In Bellevue we live where earthquakes happen. The risk of earthquakes can be radically reduced by strategically pre-placing useful supplies. Disaster supplies kits don't need to be full of gadgets, …

In Bellevue we live where earthquakes happen. The risk of earthquakes can be radically reduced by strategically pre-placing useful supplies. Disaster supplies kits don't need to be full of gadgets, most of my supplies I've scavenged from things in my junk drawer and kitchen. Here's what I have where.

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  • 1. Hi!
    My name is Carol Dunn, I am an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the City of Bellevue
  • 2. February 28 was the 10th anniversary of the Nisqually Earthquake.
    Earthquakes can cause less harm when more people are ready.
    I wanted to share what types of supplies I keep on hand.
  • 3. When I gather disaster supplies together, I think to myself:
    Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness
    Life: What is going to keep you healthy.
    Liberty: What supplies can give you freedom?
    Pursuit of Happiness: What can you store that will help you cope with the stress that comes with disaster.
    (This point is often underemphasized, but really can be the difference between a quick recovery and long term unhappiness.)
  • 4. By gathering Disaster supplies you are pre-placing solutions to problems. Place them where you can reach them
    In your car-or, if you are car-free, your backpack.
    In your pockets
    or purse.
    Shoes & phone
    By your bed.
    In your cupboards or storage area.
  • 5. Life:
    Water/Water filter/water purification tables (not w/iodine)
    Hand warmers, emergency blanket.
    Meds & list of prescription numbers (can’t see there)
    Easy to carry foods: bars
    Soap, sanitizer, plastic bags (if no toilet).
    First Aid supplies
    Fire extinguisher
    Change of shoes
    Eye protection
    Work gloves
    Duct Tape
    Inverter that plugs into car
    Pursuit of Happiness
    Contact numbers of school/neighbors/out of area contact
    Chocolate, Hezelnut spread
    Games, clay
    Stuff my car:
    Believe it or not, most of that stuff fits into the backpack there. It is one of my kids ones that I recycled—it has wheels, which is nice.
  • 6. I keep the bulk of my supplies in the kitchen since it lets me cycle them before expiration.
    • Life:
    Non Perishable foods that don’t require heat or water to use.
    Ways to stay warm.
    UV pen to purify water.
    • Liberty:
    Light sources, including flashlights w/batteries, light sticks.
    Contact list for kids & caregivers if we aren’t together when emergency happens.
    Pursuit of Happiness:
    Chocolate hazelnut spread. Instant coffee. (camp stove in garage since we don’t ever use it inside)
  • 7. Clean water is really important, I’ve got multiple ways to get water.
    Household bleach (6 drops per gallon)
    Pot/stove to boil water (over a minute)
    Water bottles
    Water purification ‘gadgets’
    Water heater (Turn it off first, then drain from faucet at bottom.)
  • 8. We all fill our pockets and bags with things we will need during the day. Isn’t expensive, heavy or hard to include things useful if something happens that is totally unexpected.
    Hand warmers, emergency blanket, plastic bags.
    Key chain: whistle, light, can opener.
    Smart phone: (light, maps, weather contacts, txt messaging, internet+apps)
    Thumb-drive with emergency info
    Food bar
    Meds/prescription list
    Food bar.
    Because I am a true preparedness geek, I have water purification tablets (good for water and sanitizing surfaces)
  • 9. Want more information?
    Please feel free to share ideas or comments on emergency supplies and building resilience. You can either respond on facebook, or email me at
    Information on building disaster kits can be found at: This information is provided in Arabic, Chinese, French Haitian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.