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Emergency Kits
updated: Dec 10, 2012, 2:00 PM

Source: Office of Emergency Management

Recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy on the east coast, remind us of the need to be prepared. According to emergency managers, after a major disaster, such as an earthquake, residents should expect to be on their own for several days. Emergency agencies, utility companies and other service providers will be immediately overwhelmed. Simple things go a long way in helping us survive on our own after a major emergency.

The following are steps toward helping in your preparedness:

1. Have one gallon of water, per person, per day, for about five days. Water is the most important aspect of preparedness. With water, people have been known to survive for weeks. Without water, survival becomes much more difficult and serious medical complications can result.

2. Have a hand-crank radio. Several days after a major disaster, resources from the state and federal governments, as well as though from national organizations such as the American Red Cross, will begin to arrive. Emergency managers will work with local media to broadcast shelter information, feeding stations, disaster assistance centers and other critical information.

3. Have food. Non-perishable, easy to rotate food stocks are needed. Extra canned food and other food with long shelf lives are easy to replace. Buying a little extra of something until you have about five days worth becomes an easy habit to maintain.

4. Have a Plan. After a major emergency, families often haven't discussed what their next steps are, where they are going to meet or who they contact out of state so everybody knows they are OK.

Click here to build a kit.

According to Michael Harris, Chief of Emergency Management for Santa Barbara County, "When - not if - the next emergency occurs, people need to understand that local emergency resources are immediately overwhelmed. Residents must show their self-reliance for several days." Harris went on to say, "We have seen time and time again, that help from outside the devastated area is not instantaneous. If we here in Santa Barbara County are only one part of the disaster, along with rest of Southern California, national resources are going to have a tough time in meeting the need."

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 352389 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 02:44 PM

On the topic of disasters, is anyone else having major connectivity / bandwidth problems using Cox Cable? The last couple of days has been close to 56k speed.


 COMMENT 352400 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 02:57 PM

About emergency food: We don't use much canned food, so whenever there is a food drive I donate my stash of canned foods, then buy new. If you do this a couple times a year, the donated cans are fresh enough, and you keep your own supply up to date.


 COMMENT 352411 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 03:06 PM

This is a good start, but I can think of a number of emergency situations that can extend more than 5 days. (e.g. a 9.3 San Andreas quake) 2-3 weeks food and water is a better target. Honshu Japan was not supposed to get a 9.3 but they did. We could too...
Tie your flashlight to your bedpost so it is not thrown from reach; searching for it in broken glass and darkness is a recipe for disaster. Be prepared not scared.


 COMMENT 352429P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 03:33 PM

There has never been a quake larger than 8 in CA. Even if the epicenter is SB, of an 8+ quake, areas of LA and SF would be okay. So I think the estimate of 5 days is accurate. With naval stations from San Diego to San Francisco, help could arrive within a week.


 COMMENT 352443P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 04:00 PM

The whole point is NOT TO COUNT ON HELP; to be self-sufficient.
(I say that from a position of realism, not anti-assistance.)
Says me, who skipped buying 2.5 gallons of water because I didn't want to carry it upstairs ... For that, I'd deserve what I'd get in case a quake hit today.


 COMMENT 352596P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 12:27 AM

Here's a tip: Don't put canned tuna into a nice new cooler and then think it's okay even in a coolish/non-fluctuating temperature stash place.

I had "emergency" canned foods, with can opener, stored in my garage (built back into the hillside and never gets hot inside). One tuna can exploded. I found it months later. The brand new cooler was completely ruined.

We had gallon bottles of water (about 30) on shelves. My friend told me the plastic will leach into the water, over time. I dumped it all out. Later realized the water would have been better than none at all, if used to bathe and wash hair.

Don't put your emergency kit where your family can cannibalize it. I found out my family members would rather sneak into our kit (in new rolling trash can I'd bought), than go to the store to buy more t.p. or batteries or Advil or duct tape.

My only other tip would be: Keep one of your old toilet seats on hand (or buy a new one, extra, they're cheap), to keep with your five-gallon bucket. Trying to sit on one of those buckets without a seat can be plenty uncomfortable. Oh. And buy a big box of baking soda to help cut down on the bucket odor.


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