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Disaster Supply Kits
updated: Feb 12, 2013, 2:45 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Fire Department

In the event of a disaster, you may need to survive on your own for three days or more. This means having your own food, water and emergency supplies.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds people that assembling the supplies that you might need following a disaster are an important part of your disaster plan. You should prepare emergency supplies for the following situations:

* A disaster supply kit with essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days-this kit should be kept in a designated place and be ready to "grab and go" in case you have to leave your home quickly because of a disaster.

* Consider having additional supplies for sheltering or home confinement for up to two weeks.

* You should also have a disaster supply kit at work. This should be in one container, ready to "grab and go" in case you have to evacuate the building.

* A car kit of emergency supplies, including food and water, to keep stored in your car at all times. This kit would also include flares, jumper cables, seasonal supplies and clothing.

* Assemble a first aid kit with basic first aid items.

* Remember specialty items-consider the needs of infants, elderly people, disabled people, and pets. Medications should also be considered.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants you to be prepared and hopes that you will never have to use your disaster supply kit.

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 COMMENT 373774 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 02:59 PM

I don't know if they still carry them, but awhile back I saw Costco sells a white bucket full of dehydrated meals (i.e. just add water) for emergencies. Lasts seven years, I want to say there were 40 meals but I think it may have been more.


 COMMENT 373912 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 06:56 AM

3 days MIN! There are few roads into SB and in bad weather, huge socal quake or both, we could be on our own much longer. 3 WEEKS supplies is much better. Keep a sharpie in the pantry and date foods to make food rotation easier.


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