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Make your disaster plan

Jan 15, 2010 | | Comments (4)

One of the first things I did after hearing about the Haiti quake was to make a donation to the Red Cross. Then I checked our earthquake supplies.

Natural disasters that cut us off from clean water, electricity, ATMs and the usual sources of help can happen anytime and anywhere. That’s why it’s so important to have at least a three-day supply of food, water and cash, along with basic medical supplies and tools to help in a crisis (gloves, rope, shovel, axe).

You can find a more complete list of suggested supplies HERE.

Another important preparation: Pick a check-in person. This is who you and other members of your family will call if disaster strikes and you get separated. Pick someone who lives far enough away from you that he or she is unlikely to be involved in the disaster (at least 100 miles). Immediately after a disaster, it may be easier to make long-distance calls than local ones, since local networks are often overwhelmed. Make sure everybody in your immediate family carries the number of this check-in person at all times. You can print out cards to make that easier HERE.

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Thank Liz! We all need this.


So did I, apparently. The camp stove was out of fuel (can that stuff just evaporate??) and I used up some of the water during a recent plumbing repair and forgot to replace it. The list I linked to also had a couple of handy items we don’t have yet, such as plastic sheeting to replace broken windows–something that’s easy and cheap to buy beforehand that will probably be in short supply afterward.


If you have a bicycle and plan to get around, also have a backpack!


Good point, Cat. A backpack is actually a pretty convenient hold-all for basic supplies. Another thought: Make sure you put your supplies where you’ll be able to access them. Some friends stored their supplies in the garage and then had trouble getting in because their electric garage door opener didn’t work (no electricity).