"Those who prepare today will survive tomorrow."
• Have access to the phone numbers of friends, both near and far.
• Make and rehearse an escape plan. Know the nearest exits in your building, as well as the emergency plan of your children’s school. Set up family meeting places—such as a school or a library—one nearby and another outside your neighborhood. Authorities recommend that you practice walking with your family to those meeting points.
• Plan to help others, including the elderly and the infirm.
“When fire broke out, most people didn’t panic—they delayed,” relates Joshua, quoted at the outset. “Some turned off a computer or filled a water bottle. One man said, ‘Maybe we should just wait.’” Despite the hesitancy of others, Joshua shouted: “We need to get out of here now!” At that, his coworkers snapped out of denial and followed him down the stairs. “If anyone falls, pick him up and keep moving,” Joshua kept calling out. “We’re all going to make it!”
• In a fire. Stay close to the floor, and move quickly to the nearest exit. Smoke makes it hard to see, and most fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation. Leave behind personal items. Seconds can make the difference between life and death.
• In an earthquake. Get under sturdy furniture or next to an inside wall. Expect aftershocks, and get outside and away from buildings as soon as you can. Trained rescuers may not arrive for hours, so try to rescue others if you can.
• In a tsunami. If the water suddenly rushes away from the shore, move quickly to higher ground. Expect more and larger waves.
• In a tornado or a hurricane. Go to a storm shelter without delay.
• In a flood. Stay out of flooded buildings. Avoid wading in or driving through water. Floodwater can contain sewage and conceal dangers, including debris, open manholes, and downed power lines.
• Did you know? Two feet [0.6 meters] of moving water can carry a car away. Most deaths in a flood result when people try to drive through moving water.
• If the authorities order evacuation, leave immediately! Let friends know where you are, or they may risk their lives looking for you.
• Did you know? Text messaging may be more reliable than telephone voice service.
• If the authorities direct residents to remain at home or shelter in place, stay inside. In case of an outdoor chemical, biological, or nuclear accident or attack, stay indoors, turn off ventilation, and seal all doors and windows. In a nuclear event, go to the lowest internal part of your building to reduce exposure to radiation. Listen to local TV or radio news. Stay indoors until authorities announce that the threat has passed.
glow sticks (12 hrs)
flashlight (see above)
mylar thermal blankets
whistle and lanyard
extra batteries (for flashlight and radio)
P-38 can opener
N95 dust masks
split leather gloves
Hygiene supplies are packaged inside their own separate bag. These basic supplies should look familiar – it’s similar to a toiletries bag you might take on vacation.
feminine hygiene pads
First Aid Kit
The first aid box is packaged with a list of contents taped to the inside of the lid. Moist towelettes and antiseptic towelettes and latex gloves kept on top so you can clean your hands before digging through supplies.
basic first-aid guide
loperamide (Imodium A-D)
sting relief towelettes
triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)
instant ice pack
waterproof adhesive tape
RAD sticker (personal radiation dosimeter)
potassium iodide (radiation emergency thyroid blocker)
Lifestraw ultracompact Water Filter
24-inch Pocket Chainsaw
3600 calorie ration bars with 5 year shelf life
4-in-1 Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff Tool
12,000 Strike Firestarter and whistle
Everstryke Match (15000 uses) (get one free)
Foldable credit card knife
High Power LED flashlight