Citizen Preparedness Information

First Aid Kit

Printable Citizen First Aid Kit pamphlet

72-hour Kit

Disaster Car Kit

Thurston County Emergency Management - Personal Preparedness

No fee citizen CPR Class Information

Emergency Preparedness Expo, October 13, 2013, 10AM-3PM

American Red Cross "Safe in the Sound" preparedness website

Items to consider for a First Aid Kit

Wound Care
(4) Triangular Bandages (used for slings or bandages)
(2) Elastic Bandages 4" (used for sprains for compression bandage)
(2) Elastic Bandages 3" (used for sprains for compression bandage)
(4) Kling gauze bandage 4"x 5' Sterile (used for bandaging)
(1) 1/2” hypoallergenic cloth tape
(2) 1" hypoallergenic cloth tape
(1) 2" hypoallergenic cloth tape
(8) 2x2" gauze sponges, sterile (used for dressings)
(16) Telfa pad dressings
(10) Eye pad dressings 
(12) 4x4" gauze sponges, sterile (dressings) 
(4) 8x10” abdominal pad dressings
(12) 4x4" gauze sponges, sterile (used for dressings)
(15) Band-Aids™, various sizes
(12) Stretch Bandaids 
(1) Cleansing agent/soap, antibacterial (used to clean wounds)
(10) Povodine wipes or solution (used to clean wounds, do not use on persons with sensitivity to iodine)
(1) Tube Antiseptic (or antibiotic type, used to prevent/treat skin infections)
(1) Antiseptic/anesthetic spray (for minor burns)
(1) Eyewash solution (used to wash eyes)
(1) Package sting-kill (used for insect bites)
(8) Moistened towelettes (used for skin cleansing)
(16) Alcohol wipes (used for skin cleansing)
(3) Chemical cold packs (used for sprains/strains)
(1) Small bottle Aspirin or Acetaminophen (used to relieve pain and fever)
(1) Anti-diarrhea medication
(1) Antacid (used for upset stomach)
(1) Tube poison oak cream/lotion 
(1) Bottle laxative 
(1) liter drinking water
(1) bottle of sunscreen
(1) Pocket mask for CPR
(6) Tongue depressors (used for mouth inspection or finger splints)
(1) Flashlight and extra batteries
(1) Oral thermometer
(1) Bandage scissors
(1) Tweezers
(3) Pair exam gloves
(2) Surgical masks/particle masks
(6) Safety pins
(1) Paper pad/pencil
(1) First Aid manual
(4) Surgical masks 
(1) Aluminized/mylar blanket 

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A disaster could make it difficult for you to communicate an emergency need or for response units to get to you.  Are you prepared to help yourself and your family for the fist 72 hours?  Check medication expiration dates annually.
Other items useful for 72-hour disaster kit include:
Food (non-perishable) (2,000 - 4,000 calories per person per day)
Water for 72 hours (at least 1 quart per person per day)
Manual can opener
Clothing, socks, shoes
  Toiletries to include soap, towels, shaving kit, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  Toilet paper, feminine napkins (and a way to contain or dispose of waste)
Facial tissues
Pop-up wet tissues
Extra batteries
Large and small plastic bags and ties, zipper locking bags
Water purification tablets or bleach and eye dropper
Emergency contact phone numbers (relocation plan)
Medications listing by family member
Photos of family members
AM/FM radio (extra batteries)
Walkie/Talkies (extra batteries)
Cash, small notes, coins
Tool kit
Hooded Poncho
Matches/candle/heat source
Deck of playing cards
  For disaster kits, remember necessary supply of prescription items including medication and eye glasses.
  Only use sources of flame or heat supervised and with adequate ventilation.
  A relocation plan is an essential part of your kit.  Each family member should have a copy with phone numbers.  Send a copy to an out of area family member.
Suggested items for your disaster car kit
  If away from home, you may have to rely on the supplies you have with you.  Pack enough for each family member.  Pack for 72 hours minimum.
Non-perishable food (2,000-4,000 calories per person per day)
Drinking water (at least 1 quart per person per day)
Small First Aid kit and manual, necessary medications
Blanket or sleeping bag
Rain gear and extra clothes
Walking shoes and extra heavy socks
Flashlight and batteries
Radio and batteries
Booster cables and flares
Class ABC fire extinguisher (small)
Matches and candles
Plastic siphoning hose with hand pump (available at auto centers)
Always keep automobile gas tank at least 1/2 full
Help flag for signaling

Check your kits annually.  Make it fun, have a disaster preparation party.  Review and update plans; recycle emergency food; water and other perishables; practice house evacuation and check smoke detectors.


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