The Salvation Army's tips on Disaster Preparedness

by Brandi Salas

The Salvation Army's tips on Disaster Preparedness

by Brandi Salas

echelon members at school supply drive

As we are updated on the relief and recovery efforts by The Salvation Army units in Texas, we continue to pray for Hurricane Harvey survivors who have lost everything. We learned this morning that our Florida units are preparing for Hurricane Irma’s impact, which has already impacted the Eastern Caribbean Islands.

It has been 25 years since Hurricane Iniki impacted Kauai and our Salvation Army units across the islands know too well the importance of preparedness during hurricane season. As part of our duty to serve our island communities across Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, we feel it is necessary to remind and urge local families to be prepared for any natural disaster that may occur. Here are a few tips from our Emergency Disaster Services team:

Get A Survival Kit and Make a Plan
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy to carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you easily in case you must evacuate. Make a plan with your family. Plan how to communicate after an event, and where to meet if home is not an option. Practice your plan with the family. Maintain your home emergency kit.

At A Minimum, Your Kit Should Include

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy to prepare items (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
  • Cash (small bills in addition to 20’s)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio recommended)
  • Camping stove with fuel
  • Extra batteries
  • First-Aid kit
  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-Purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent
  • medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to
  • home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc)
  • Cell phone with chargers or rechargeable batteries
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Emergency blankets and/or sleeping bags

Consider the Needs of All Family Members When Adding Supplies. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contactlenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, etc)
  • Games and activities for everyone in the family, small children especially.
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl, etc)
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener
  • Always keep a half tank of gas in your car

Maintaining Your Kit

  • Build your kits into transportable packs (such as backpacks).
  • Keep perishables at top of kit for easy replacement.
  • Schedule on your calendar (phone or computer) the rotation of your perishables.
  • Open and review your kit with adult family members once a year.

When Planning With Your Family

  • Agree on alternate meeting place for family members in case of loss of home.
  • Have a safe second home to go to (school, friends in or out of the area).
  • Designated note drop location (2 recommended).
  • Have picture ID.
  • Have a plan to text family members of your whereabouts and status.

Learn more about our Emergency Disaster Services here.

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