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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, 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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Carol's Disaster Kit

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