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Storing Emergency Supplies

Post Date:04/27/2010
Proper storage of emergency supplies is as important as having the right supplies. Choose a place or places that would be relatively safe in an earthquake, such as a closet or under a bed. The perishable supplies will remain stable longer if stored in a cool, dark location.

Emergency supplies can be stored in a large, covered trash container. Plastic containers are durable, come in all shapes and sizes, and are water and rodent proof. Be sure the container comes with a securing lid. Listed below are some helpful suggestions on how to store emergency supplies:

Top of the Container
Flashlight, radio, batteries, and first aid kits.

Middle of the Container
Three-day supply of food requiring no refrigeration. Date all food items so that they can be refreshed regularly.

Bottom of the Container
Bedding, clothing, toiletries, fuel and lighter, hand-operated can opener, personal documents, paper and pencil, cash (small bills), and water purification tablets.

Mobile Survival Kit
In every vehicle, keep a survival kit containing blankets, drinking water, a change of clothes, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a manual emergency signal device, flashlight, prescription medicines, toilet tissue, whistle, and tools.

Water
Each person needs at least one gallon of water per day. Because of the desert environment, it is suggested to store up to ten gallons per person in a cool dry place. Do not forget that pets need water too. Pre-packaged bottled water can be stored for two years if it remains sealed. Water that you have bottled should not be stored more than a few months before it is replaced. If you require additional emergency water, the water in your hot water heater tank or the top tank of toilets can be used. Do not drink swimming pool water. Purifying your own water should be used as a last resort.

To Purify Water: Boil it vigorously for one to three minutes, or add any household bleach solution that contains 5.25 percent of sodium hypochlorite and let it sit for 30 minutes. The following table shows the proper amount of 5.25 percent solution to add to water.

Amount of Water Amount of solution to add to:
Amount of Water                   Clear water                        Cloudy water
1 quart                                      2 drops                                4 drops
1 gallon                                    8 drops                                16 drops
5 gallons                                 1/2 teaspoon                       1 teaspoon
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