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Emergency Preparedness Shopping Guide

Preparing a kit can seem overwhelming when presented with the task. The Mayes County Emergency Management Department from Oklahoma put together this easy to use shopping guide. It is divided into picking up items at different locations over a period of 24 weeks (approximately 6 months.)

Check off each item as you purchase it. Supplies may be stored all together in a large plastic container and/or food may be kept on kitchen shelves. Remember to rotate your perishable supplies and change your water every six months.

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To get started:

  • Check your house for supplies that you already have on hand.
  • Decide where you will store supplies.
  • Meet with your family to plan.
  • Explain how to prepare; explain when and how to respond.
  • Discuss what to do if you need to evacuate.
  • Practice your plan!

Select foods based on your family's needs and preferences. Pick low-salt, water packed varieties when possible. Canned meats may include tuna, chicken, raviolis, chili, beef stew, Spam, corned beef, etc.

Remember to choose supplies that are specific to your needs.

*per person

Week 1

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gal. water*
  • 1 sm jar peanut butter*
  • 1 lrg can juice*
  • 1 can meat*
  • hand-operated can opener
  • instant coffee, tea, powered soft drinks
  • permanent marking pen
  • 1 gallon of water per pet

To Do:

  • Make a family plan
  • Date each perishable food item using a marking pen


Also: pet food, diapers and/or baby food if needed.

Week 2

Hardware Store:

  • crescent wrench
  • heavy rope
  • duct tape
  • 2 flashlights with extra batteries
  • "bungee" cords

To Do:

  • Check your house for hazards
  • Locate your gas meter and water shutoffs and attach a wrench near them for emergency use


Also: a leash or carrier for your pet, if needed.

Week 3

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gal. water*
  • 1 can fruit*
  • 1 can meat*
  • sanitary napkins
  • video tape
  • 1 gallon of water per pet

To Do:

  • Use a video camera to tape the contents of your home for insurance purposes. Store tape with friend/family member who lives out of town.


Also: pet food, diapers and/or baby food if needed.

Week 4

Hardware Store:

  • Crowbar
  • Smoke detector with battery

To Do:

  • Install or test your smoke detector


Also: extra medications or prescriptions marked "emergency use" if needed.

Week 5

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gal. water*
  • 1 can fruit*
  • 1 can meat*
  • 1 can vegetables*
  • 2 rolls toilet paper*
  • extra toothbrush*
  • travel size toothpaste

To Do:

  • Have a fire drill at home.


Also: special food for special diets, if needed.

Week 6

First Aid Supplies:

  • Aspirin and/or acetaminophen
  • Compresses
  • Rolls of gauze or bandages
  • First aid tape
  • Adhesive bandages - assorted sizes

To Do:

  • Check with your child's day care or school to find out about their disaster plans.


Also: extra hearing aid batteries, if needed

Week 7

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gal. water*
  • 1 can ready to eat soup
  • 1 can fruit*
  • 1 can vegetables

To Do:

  • Establish an out-of-state contact to call in case of emergency


Also: extra plastic baby bottles, formula, and diapers, if needed

Week 8

First Aid Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic
  • Thermometer
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Disposable hand wipes
  • Sewing kit

To Do:

  • Place a pair of shoes and a flashlight under your bed so they are handy during an emergency


Also: extra eyeglasses, if needed

Week 9

Grocery Store:

  • 1 can ready to eat soup*
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Plain liquid bleach
  • Heavy duty garbage bags

To Do:

  • Send some of your favorite family photos (or copies) to family members out of state for safekeeping


Also: saline solution and a contact lens case, if needed

Week 10

Hardware Store:

  • Waterproof portable plastic container (with lid) for important papers
  • Portable AM/FM radio (with batteries)

To Do:

  • Make photocopies of important papers and store safely


Also: blankets or sleeping bag for each family member


Week 11

Grocery Store:

  • 1 lrg can juice*
  • Large plastic food bags
  • 1 box quick energy snacks
  • 3 rolls paper towels
  • sunscreen

To Do:

  • Store a roll of quarters for emergency phone calls
  • Go on a hunt with your family to find a pay phone near home


Also: sunglasses for each family member

Week 12

First Aid Supplies:

  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Latex gloves
  • Ipecac syrup and activating charcoal
  • vitamins

To Do:

  • Take your family on a field trip to gas and water meter shutoff valves. Show them what to do in an emergency


Also: items for denture care, if needed

Week 13

Hardware Store:

  • Whistle
  • ABC fire extinguisher
  • Pliers
  • Vise grips

To Do:

  • Take a first aid/CPR class.
 
Week 14

Grocery Store:

  • 1 can fruit*
  • 1 can meat*
  • 1 can vegetables*
  • Paper plates
  • Eating utensils
  • Paper cups

To Do:

  • Make a plan to check on a neighbor who might need help in an emergency
 
Week 15

Hardware Store:

  • Extra batteries
  • Masking tape
  • Hammer
  • Assorted nails

To Do:

  • Secure large furniture that may fall in high winds such as a tornado
 
Week 16

Grocery Store:

  • 1 can meat*
  • 1 can vegetables*
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Kleenex
  • Quick energy snacks (raisins, granola bars)

To Do:

  • Find out if you have a neighborhood safety organization and join it!
 
Week 17

Grocery Store:

  • Graham crackers
  • Assorted plastic containers with lids
  • Dry cereal
  • Safety Pins

To Do:

  • Arrange for a friend or neighbor to help your children if you are at work.
 
Week 18

Hardware Store:

  • "Child-proof" latches for your cupboards
  • Double sided tape or Velcro-type fastener to secure movable objects

To Do:

  • Pack a "go-pack" in case you have to evacuate.
 
Week 19

Grocery Store:

  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Quick energy snacks (raisins, granola bars)

To Do:

  • Have a tornado and fire drill at home
 
Week 20

Hardware Store:

  • Camping or utility knife
  • Extra radio batteries

To Do:

  • Find out about your workplace disaster plan
 
Week 21

Hardware Store:

  • Heavy work gloves
  • Disposable dust masks
  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic safety goggles

 

 
Week 22

Grocery Store:

  • Extra hand operated can opener
  • 3 rolls paper towels

 

 
Week 23

Hardware Store:

  • Battery powered camping lantern with extra battery or extra flashlights

 

 
Week 24

Grocery Store:

  • Large plastic food bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil

 

 

Information copied from Mayes County Emergency Management http://www.mayescem.us

For more information: Benton County Public Health Unit
(320) 968-5087.