20 Weeks to Preparedness

It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies which can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that help make a difference.

This page is intended to provide you with an easy to use "20 Weeks to Preparedness" checklist to prepare for the next disaster. Your ability to be prepared could be the difference between surviving a tornado, fire, flood or severe winter storm. At the end of the 20 weeks, you will have a comprehensive supply kit that will last for 4-5 days (based on using one gallon of water per day and recommended rationed meals). Your total investment will depend on how prepared you want to be and how many people you will be caring for during a disaster. The recommendation is to have all of these supplies stored together where they can be easily accessible.

The list of items is below or you may download this information in a PDF document, courtesy of Safeguard Iowa.

 

 

The List

Place in Storage Bin:
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Cellphone charger
  • Battery-powered standard AM/FM radio and batteries or weather radio
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Protein bars
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Diapers and essential medications
  • Car adapter for small electronics
To Do:
  • Develop/update family communications plan
Place in Storage Bin:
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • First-aid kit, or gather Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, nitrile latex gloves and gauze pads
  • 1 package of toilet paper
  • Dried fruit and/or nuts
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Baby food
To Do:
  • Find natural gas and water shut- offs. Place appropriate wrench near valves.
Place in Storage Bin:
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Cash, in small denominations
  • Disposable wipes
  • Crackers and peanut butter and jelly Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Baby bottles and formula
To Do:
  • 5 Scan or make copies of birth certificates, licenses and passports. Store in a plastic bag, on a thumb drive or send to an email account that is accessible from anywhere.
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Five gallon bucket with lid
  • Plastic tarp
  • Work gloves
  • Ready-to-eat meals

Personalized Item: (if applicable)

  • Special diet foods
To Do:
  • Arrange for emergency care for children, elders and/or pets
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Disposable dust mask (one per person)
  • Travel sized shampoo, body wash and deodorant
  • Manual can opener
  • Canned vegetables (one can for every two people)
  • Mirror
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Hearing aid batteries
To Do:
  • Scan or make copies of health care information, including vaccination records, prescription information and insurance. Store in a plastic bag, on a thumb drive or send to an email account that is accessible from anywhere.
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Duct tape
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and hairbrush for all family members
  • Unscented liquid household bleach for water purification
  • Canned meat (one can for every two people)
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Contact lens solution
To Do:
  • Practice alternate methods of evacuation
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Disposable eating utensils
  • Camp-style stove, fuel and matches in a waterproof container
  • Disposable plates and heavy duty garbage bags
  • Canned soup (one can per person)
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Denture supplies
To Do:
  • Purchase and/or install emergency escape ladders, if necessary
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Extra batteries for flashlight and radio
  • Pan to use on camp-style stove
  • Bleach
  • Pain reliever e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  • Canned fruit (one can for every two people)

Personalized Item: (if applicable)

  • Pet food
To Do:
  • Send video contents of home to email or store a copy of the video in an alternate location
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Extra flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Paper towels
  • Granola and/or snack bars
  • Large, clear, empty plastic jar, such as mayonnaise, and a candle to fit inside
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Pet leash and crate
  • Make copies of pet vaccination and/or prescription information
To Do:
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Test the alarms
Place in Storage Bin:
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Thermometer and tweezers
  • Cereal (one box for every four people)
  • Collapsible shovel
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Water for pet
To Do:
  • Establish out-of-town contacts
Place in Storage Bin:
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Paper, pen, pencil and scissors
  • Sunscreen
  • Protein bars
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Litter pan
To Do:
  • Determine signal with family and friends to be used to communicate safety.
Place in Storage Bin:
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Laxative/antidiarrheal medicines
  • Rolled bandages and safety pins
  • Dried fruit and/or nuts
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Extra battery for motorized mobility aid
To Do:
  • Make copies of credit and debit card account information. Store in a plastic bag.
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Antacid
  • Hammer and nails
  • Crackers and peanut butter and jelly
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Extra prescription glasses
To Do:
  • Review and finish video task
Place in Storage Bin:
  • An extra pair of sturdy shoes per person
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety goggles
  • Ready-to-eat meals
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Extra keys to the house
To Do:
  • Prepare emergency car kit
Place in Storage Bin:
  • One towel per person
  • Pliers
  • Hard hat
  • Canned vegetables (one can for every two people)
To Do:
  • Extra keys to the car
Place in Storage Bin:
  • An extra pair of sturdy shoes per person
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety goggles
  • Ready-to-eat meals
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Extra keys to the house
Place in Storage Bin:
  • An extra set of clothes per person
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Kleenex
  • Canned soup (one can per person)
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Family photo
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Rain gear
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Adhesive tape
  • Canned fruit (one can for every two people)
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Talking clock for visually impaired
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Cash, in small denominations
  • Sleeping bag and/or blanket for each person
  • Map of local area
  • Granola and/or snack bars
Personalized Item: (if applicable)
  • Extra cane for visually impaired
Place in Storage Bin:
  • Sewing kit
  • Signal flare and compass
  • Liquid detergent and hand soap
  • Cereal (one box for every four people)
Michael Ehret
  DICKINSON COUNTY
  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Dickinson County Courthouse
1802 Hill Ave, Ste B103
  Spirit Lake, IA 51360
43.422°, -95.103°
712-336-3987
712-336-1850
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