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Tahoe chief’s corner: Emergency Preparedness – assemble a kit (pt. 2)

Mike Brown
Special to the Bonanza

Mike Brown

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)

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• 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) Sunscreen

Non-prescription drugs:

• Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

• Anti-diarrhea medication

• Antacid (for stomach upset)

• Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)

• Laxative

• Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Clothing, bedding and sanitation supplies:

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Remember to have clothing be seasonally appropriate. Listed below 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

• Sunglasses


• Toilet paper

• Soap, liquid detergent

• Feminine suppliess, personal hygiene items

• Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)

• Plastic bucket with tight lid

• Disinfectant

• Household chlorine bleach


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, pencil

• Needles, thread

• Medicine dropper

• Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water

• Whistle

• Plastic sheeting

• Map of the area (for locating shelters)

Important 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

Also remember to have a supply of cash and coins. Now that we've Made a Plan and Assembled a Kit, the next step is to Stay Informed. We will discuss this next week and lastly, we'll review disaster recovery and what critical decisions that need to be made after a disaster.

"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.