Archived Q&A and Reviews
by Chevron Real Estate Emergency Services, San Francisco Bay Area, Disaster Planning & Preparedness Committee
The Family Disaster Supplies Calendar is intended to help you prepare for disasters before they happen. Using the calendar, your family can assemble an emergency kit in small steps over a six month period. Check off each week as you gather the contents. Supplies may be stored all together in a large plastic garbage can or food may be kept on kitchen shelves. Remember to rotate your perishable supplies and change water every six months.
Create a Family Disaster Supplies Kit
To Get Started:
- Check your house for supplies that you already have on hand.
- Decide where you will store supplies (food may be packed together in a single container or kept on shelves for easy rotation.
Meet With Your Family To Plan:
- Discuss the types of disasters that could occur.
- Explain how to prepare; explain when and how to respond.
- Discuss what to do if you need to evacuate.
- Practise your plan.
Select based on your family's needs and preferences. Pick low-salt, water-packed varieties when possible.
Canned Meat: Tuna, chicken, raviolis, chili, beef stew, spam, corned beef, etc. Vegetables: Green beans, kernel corn, peas, beets, kidney beans, carrots, etc. Fruit: Pears, peaches, mandarin oranges, applesauce, etc. Cereal: Cheerios, Chex, Kix, Shredded Wheat, etc. Quick Energy Snacks: Granola bars, raisins, etc.
Remember to rotate your supplies every six months!
In case of evacuation, your "Go-Pack" should:
- Be in a back pack or other similar container that is easily carried.
- Contain your most important items such as a change of clothes, quarters for pay phones, out-of-state contact info, medications, important papers, etc.
Note: Items marked with an asterisk "*" should be purchased for each member of the household.
WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 GROCERY STORE HARDWARE STORE GROCERY STORE () 1 gallon of water* () crescent wrench () 1 gallon of water* () 1 jar peanut butter* () heavy rope () 1 can meat* () 1 large can juice* () duct tape () 1 can fruit* () hand-operated can () 2 flashlights () sanitary napkins opener with batteries () video tape () instant coffee, tea () "bungee" cords powdered soft drinks (remember 1 gallon of () permanent marking water for each pet) pens to mark date on cans (remember 1 gallon of water for each pet) Also: pet food, diapers Also: a leash or Also: pet food, diapers and/or baby food, if carrier for your and/or baby food, if needed. pet, if needed. needed. TO DO TO DO TO DO () Make a family plan. () Check your house () Use a video camera to () Date each perishable for hazards. tape the contents of food item using () Locate your gas your home for insurance marking pen. meter and water purposes. shutoffs and attach () Store video tape with a wrench near them. friend/family member who lives out of town.
WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6 HARDWARE STORE GROCERY STORE FIRST AID SUPPLIES () plumber's tape () 1 gallon of water* () aspirin and/or () crowbar () 1 can of meat* acetominophen () smoke detector () 1 can fruit* () compresses with battery () 1 can vegetables* () rolls of gauze or () 2 rolls toilet () first aid tape paper* () adhesive bandages () extra toothbrush* (in assorted sizes) () travel size toothpaste Also: extra medications Also: special food for Also: extra hearing aid or a prescription special diets, if batteries, if needed. marked "emergency use" needed. if needed. TO DO TO DO TO DO () Install or test () Have a fire drill () Check with your child's your smoke detector. at home. day care or school to () Tie water heater to find out about their wall studs using disaster plans. plumber's tape.
WEEK 7 WEEK 8 WEEK 9 GROCERY STORE FIRST AID SUPPLIES GROCERY STORE () 1 gallon of water* () scissors () 1 can ready-to-eat soup* () 1 can ready-to-eat () tweezers () liquid dish soap soup (not concentrate)*() antiseptic () plain liquid bleach () 1 can fruit* () thermometer () 1 box heavy-duty () 1 can vegetables* () liquid hand soap garbage bags () disposable hand wipes () sewing kit Also: extra plastic Also: extra eyeglasses, Also: saline solution baby bottles, formula if needed. and a contact lens case, and diapers, if needed. if needed. TO DO TO DO TO DO () Establish an out-of () Place a pair of () Send some of your state contact to call shoes and a flash- favorite family photos in case of emergency. light under your bed (or copies) to family so that they are handy members out of state during an emergency. for safekeeping.
WEEK 10 WEEK 11 WEEK 12 HARDWARE STORE GROCERY STORE FIRST AID SUPPLIES () waterproof portable () 1 large can juice* () anti-diarrhea medicine plastic container () large plastic food () rubbing alcohol (with lid) for bags () 2 pr latex gloves important papers () 1 box quick energy () ipecac syrup and () portable am/fm radio snacks activated charcoal (for (with batteries) () 3 rolls paper towels accidental poisoning) () children's vitamins Also: blankets or Also: sunscreen, if Also: items for denture sleeping bag for each needed. care, if needed. family member. TO DO TO DO TO DO () Make Photocopies of () Store a roll of () Take your family on a important papers and quarters for field trip to gas meter store safely. emergency phone and water meter calls. shutoffs. () Go on a hunt with your family to find a pay phone near home.
WEEK 13 WEEK 14 WEEK 15 HARDWARE STORE GROCERY STORE HARDWARE STORE () whistle () 1 can fruit* () extra flashlight () ABC fire extinquisher () 1 can meat* batteries () pliers () 1 can vegetables* () masking tape () vise grips () 1 pkg paper plates () hammer () 1 pkg eating utensils() assorted nails () 1 pkg paper cups () "L" brackets to () adult vitamins secure furniture to wall studs () wood screws TO DO TO DO TO DO () Take a first aid/CPR () Make a plan to () Brace shelves and class. check on a neighbor cabinets. who might need help in an emergency.
WEEK 16 WEEK 17 WEEK 18 GROCERY STORE GROCERY STORE HARDWARE STORE () 1 can meat* () 1 box graham () "child proof" latches () 1 can vegetables* crackers or other fasteners for () 1 box large heavy-duty () assorted plastic your cupboards garbage bags containers with lids () double-sided tape or () kleenex () assorted safety pins Velcro-type fasteners () 1 box quick energy () dry cereal to secure moveable snacks (such as objects. granola bars or raisins) TO DO TO DO TO DO () Find out if you have () Arrange for a friend () Pack a "go-pack" in a neighborhood safety or neighbor to help case you need to organization and your children if you evacuate. join it! are at work.
WEEK 19 WEEK 20 WEEK 21 GROCERY STORE HARDWARE STORE HARDWARE STORE () 1 box large heavy-duty () camping or utility () heavy work gloves garbage bags knife () 1 box disposable () 1 box quick energy () extra radio dust masks snacks (such as granola batteries () screwdriver bars or raisins) () plastic safety goggles Also: Purchase an emergency escape ladder for second story bedrooms, if needed. TO DO TO DO () Have an earthquake () Find out about your drill at home. workplace disaster plans.
WEEK 22 WEEK 23 WEEK 24 HARDWARE STORE GROCERY STORE HARDWARE STORE () extra hand-operated () battery-powered () large plastic food can opener camping lantern () plastic wrap () 3 rolls paper towels with extra battery () aluminum foil or extra flashlights
Provided by: Jill Finlayson, 510-642-1258 Get Ready!
Manager, UCPD Community Programs
Office of Emergency Preparedness
1 Sproul Hall #1199
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1199