Friday, August 2, 2013

Step 8

Always keep EXTRA FOODS and SUPPLIES in your house in the event you can’t get outside after a nuclear (or other)disaster.


A two week supply is ideal.  At the very least keep a 3 days supply of non-perishable food in your house at all times. Non-perishable means they do not require refrigeration. Also choose foods that do not require cooking or water for preparation.

-ready-to-eat canned beans, meats, fruits, juices, and vegetables.

-high-energy foods such as peanut butter, cereals, breakfast bars.

-comfort foods like cookies, candy and tea and coffee will be a bonus.


-add a can opener, scissors, or knife for cutting open foil and plastic pouches, and disposable plates, cups, and utensils.

-Make sure to include food for infants or those on special diets (e.g., medical restrictions. food allergies). 

-Pack all these items in plastic bags to keep them dry and as  airtight as possible.

- Keep a list of dates when food items need to be inspected and replaced.

-Remember to include food for pets and service animals.


- Infant supplies (Disposable bottles and diapers, formula, etc.)
 乳幼児用品 (使い捨ての哺乳瓶、オムツ、粉ミルクなど)

- You should have a backup plan for recharging your cell phone when there is no utility power.

A charger that plugs into a cigarette lighter will allow you to charge your phone from the battery in your automobile, as well as from any other 12 volt source if you have the appropriate adapter. Of course you should also be prepared in case you have no service for your cell phone.

- A battery-operated radio will allow you to hear radio broadcasts and keep up with local news announcements.

Even the simplest emergency kit should include a small battery-operated radio along with extra batteries. Make sure that you do not store your radio with the batteries in it because they can leak and ruin it. Additional batteries that are rechargeable are also a good idea as long as you have some means for recharging them when the electricity is off, perhaps a small solar battery charger. Portable radios with built-in solar chargers are also available.

ETON MicroLink FR 170 Weather Radio $36.95/ea as of March, 2013
AM/FM Weather Radio with USB cell phone charger that receives audio broadcasts issued by Environment Canada on weather warnings and alerts.
Features include:
  • AM/FM radio
  • Weather band radio (all 7 channels)
  • Built-in LED flashlight
  • Powered by solar panel, dynamo crank, or DC input (mini-USB), all of which charges the internal Ni-MH battery
  • USB cell phone charger: instantly charge your USB device (USB cable not included)
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Includes: instruction manual, warranty card

If you wish to purchase one of the Radios available through Red Cross, please see the link provided below.

Click image to go to the link!

Staying in Touch After a Disaster

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