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Emergency checklist

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 31, 1998


What will you need if a storm threatens? To avoid the long lines and short supplies characteristic of an emergency, you're advised to take stock in advance and, as necessary, restock items you'll want to have on hand.

Sanitary needs

  • Paper towels and toilet pape
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Disinfectant
  • Garbage can or bucket with tight-fitting lid (for emergency toilet)
  • Plastic garbage bags

Tools and supplies

  • Battery-operated radio and extra batterie
  • Lantern and fuel
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Needles, thread
  • Candles
  • Matches (in waterproof container)
  • Fluorescent distress flag
  • Fire extinguisher (small canister, ABC type)
  • Work gloves
  • Pliers
  • Shovel
  • Signal flare
  • Whistle
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)
  • Compass
  • Manual can opener; utility knife
  • Plastic sheeting for roof or window repair
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Cleanup supplies
  • Booster cables
  • Tire repair kit and pump
  • Two coolers (one for food, the other for ice)

Medical/first aid kit

  • Medication, prescription
  • Physicians' phone numbers
  • Sterile adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages
  • Scissors, tweezers, needle
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Antiseptic
  • Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly or lubricant
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Latex gloves (two pair)
  • Sunscreen

Non-prescription drugs

  • Pain relieve
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross


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