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Chief’s Corner: Assembling an emergency kit, Part 2

NLTFPD Chief Mike Brown

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Chief's Corner" is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.

Last week we revisited the importance of emergency preparedness and assembling a kit. Additional items that should be in your kit are:

First aid supplies

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. Items to include: Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes; 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6); 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6); hypoallergenic adhesive tape; triangular bandages (3); 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls); 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls; scissors; tweezers; needle; moistened towelettes; antiseptic; thermometer; tongue blades (2); tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant; assorted sizes of safety pins; cleansing agent/soap; latex gloves (2 pair) and sunscreen.

Non-prescription drugs

Items to include: Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever; anti-diarrhea medication; antacid (for upset stomach); syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center); laxative; and activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center).

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Clothing, bedding

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Remember to have clothing be seasonally appropriate. Listed here is an example for winter: Jacket or coat; long pants; long-sleeve shirt; sturdy shoes or work boots; hat, gloves and scarf; rain gear; thermal underwear; blankets or sleeping bags; and sunglasses.

Sanitation

Items to include: Toilet paper; soap, liquid detergent; feminine supplies; personal hygiene items; plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses); plastic bucket with tight lid; disinfectant; and household chlorine bleach.

Tools

It's important to have the following items at your home and in your emergency kits: Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils; emergency preparedness manual; portable, battery-operated radio or television and extra batteries; flashlight and extra batteries; cash or traveler's checks, change; nonelectric can opener; utility knife; fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type; tube tent; pliers; tape; compass; matches in a waterproof container; aluminum foil; plastic storage containers; signal flare; paper and pencil; needles and thread; medicine dropper; shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water; whistle; plastic sheeting; and a map of the area (for locating shelters).

Special items

Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons. Also, be sure to bring cash and coins, along with entertainment, such as games and books. Most importantly are family documents:

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container.

Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds

Photo IDs, passports, social security cards, immunization records

Bank account numbers

Credit card account numbers and companies

Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers

Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Photocopies of credit and identification cards.

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.