Tahoe chief’s corner: Emergency preparedness — assemble a kit (pt. 2)
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Last week, we revisited the importance of emergency preparedness and assembling a kit. Additional items that should be in your kit are as follows:
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: 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; and 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 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: toilet paper; soap and liquid detergent; feminine supplies/personal hygiene items; plastic garbage bags and 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, as well as 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); and photocopies of credit and identification cards.
Lastly, don’t forget cash and coins, and entertainment items such as games and books.
The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District along with Washoe County Emergency Management, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID, and cooperating agencies will host a Community Evacuation Drill on Saturday, May 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The “Mill Creek Evacuation Drill” will affect the upper and lower Fairview neighborhoods, Tyrolian Village/Bitterbrush, and Lower Tyrolia area subdivisions, affecting approximately 1,100 residents.
Residents are asked to voluntarily evacuate to the lower parking lot of Diamond Peak. Please visit nltfpd.net for a map of the affected areas.
Community information meetings will be held Saturday, May 16, at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 19, at 6-9 p.m. at the Incline Station Training Room, 863 Tanager St.
“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.