EMPLOYEE EMERGENCY KIT FLIER
WATER. This is your most important item. You will need water to
drink, for first aid, and to take medicine. In your kit, have at least one
gallon of water per day for at least three days. You could purchase a box of
foil packets or cans of water at a camping store for long term storage, or
rotate a supply of bottles.
MEDICATIONS. This is the second most
important item. If you take medications on which your health depends you must
carry a five-day supply at all times. This would include medications for heart,
blood pressure and diabetic conditions, for example. If you regularly take
prescription drugs for allergies or other health concerns, it is also wise to
carry these. Keep this supply fresh by rotating it every week. Also include any
non-prescription medications you often use: nose drops, antihistamine, allergy
remedies, diarrhea medication, or indigestion medications. In times of stress
such as an emergency, health problems can become worse. Having proper
medications and keeping to the prescribed schedule is very important.
FOOD. Food is important for psychological reasons and to
maintain your blood sugar level to avoid dizzy or shaky feelings. People with
diabetes, heart disease, or other health problems should consult their
physicians for advice about the foods for their kits. The healthy general
public should select foods like crackers, peanut butter, canned and dried
pudding, granola bars, and single serving juice packs. Plan on four light meals
per day. Avoid high sugar foods like candy and soft drinks as they make you
very thirsty. Do not drink alcoholic beverages, as they are dehydrating and
interfere with safety.
SOURCE. A chemical light stick provides
long shelf life and a sparkless source of light. A flashlight with a special long-life
battery or a long-burning candle may be used after you have checked the area to
be sure that there is no leaking gas or petroleum in the area. Do not rely on a
regular flashlight as ordinary batteries lose their power quickly in the heat
of a car. You might consider an electric light with an attachment to your car
cigarette lighter, available at camping stores.
RADIO. Your car radio is your source for emergency broadcast
information. Get a list of all-news stations for the area where you live, work,
and areas you drive to or through. Keep this list in your glove compartment and
in your emergency kit.
BLANKET. Mylar emergency blankets are
available at camping-goods stores. They can be used as a blanket or a heat
shield against the sun. They fold into a small package. A thermal blanket may
be added when storage space permits.
FIRST AID SUPPLIES. Include 4x4
gauze, cloth that can be torn into strips to hold a bandage in place, Kerlex,
anti-bacterial ointment (Neosporin, Bacitracin, etc.), burn cream, rolls of
gauze, large gauze pads, roll of first aid tape, scissors, a large cloth square
for a sling or tourniquet, safety pins, needles and heavy thread, matches, eye
wash, and a chemical ice pack. Rotate these supplies every six months.
PERSONAL CARE AND HYGIENE ITEMS. Alcohol-based
hand sanitizer, smal plastic bottle of pine oil or other disinfectant, six
large heavy-duty garbage bags with ties for sanitation and waste disposal, box
of tissues, roll of toilet paper, plastic bucket to use as a toilet after
lining it with a plastic garbage bag.. (Your smaller kit items can be stored in
your bucket inside a sealed trash bag).
ITEMS TO INCLUDE. Sturdy shoes
(especially if your work shoes are not good for walking), sweater or jacket, hat/sun
visor, sun screen, mouthwash, feminine hygiene supplies, whistle (to attract
attention and call for help), rope or string, pencil and tablet, cell phone
charger with car adapter, change for a pay phone, safety glasses, work gloves.
Consider extra hearing aid batteries and extra eye glasses.
DON’T LET YOUR GAS TANK FALL BELOW HALF FULL! The radio and heater in your car may save your life, but
you can’t run the car’s accessories long without the gas to start the engine
and re-charge the battery. If you travel in isolated areas, on the freeway, or
far from home, an adequate gasoline supply is crucial. Fill up often. After an
earthquake the gas pumps may not work for several days while electrical power
is restored, and once the pumps work, the supplies will quickly be depleted
through panic buying. NEVER CARRY CANS OF GAS IN YOUR TRUNK! A can of gas is a bomb!
Security Center of Excellence, 210 N. Fourth St., San Jose, CA 95112