8 Easy Steps To GET Ready for Anything

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Are you ready for an earthquake, ice storm or flood?  Like it or not, these natural hazards could hit Lane County at any time.   To make getting ready easy and convenient for you, we came up with these 8 fast and simple steps.  Once completed, you'll be on your way to enjoying life without that "what if" worry in the back of your mind. Personalize them to your family's special needs and preferences and you'll be better off than ever.

1. Stock Your Pantry

StockPantryHere's your Pantry checklist.  Start by taking an inventory of items you already have and make a list of any additional items you need to ensure you have enough for each person in your household.  To keep it affordable, look for the best deal and for expiration dates far into the future.

Drinking Water (1/2 gallon per person per day.  This equals seven gallons per person for the recommended two-week supply.)
Rehydration Drinks (Beverages that fend off dehydration such as sports drinks, coconut water, etc.)

Dried Milk
Trail Mix
Food Bars (Popular brands include Clif Bars, Odwalla Bars, Power Bars, Kashi Go Lean, Luna, etc.)
Peanut Butter (Other nut butters are good too such as almond butter.)
Crackers (Whole grain are most nutrient dense.)
Cereal (Think whole grain and low sugar for sustained energy.)
Canned Meat (Tuna, salmon, turkey, chicken are all high in protein.)
Canned Soups and Chilis
Canned Vegetables (Nutrient dense vegetables include beets, green beans, carrots and peas.)
Pickled Vegetables (If you like pickled foods they can be a real treat during tough times. Consider pickles, asparagus, mushrooms.)
Canned Fruit
Dried Fruit
Jam or Jelly (To go with that nut butter!)
Comfort Foods for a Treat (Instant coffee, candy bar, licorice...)

Bonus Tip
This is a short list of nutrient dense foods that store well in a cool, dry, dark place. 

Citrus Fruits
Winter Squashes
Unripe Avocados
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Unripe Tomatoes
Dry Salami

2. Resupply Your Medicine Cabinet

Check your First Aid Kit or Medicine Cabinet to make sure you have all of these items on hand.

Prescription Medications (try to set aside a pill or two before each refill until you have a two week emergency supply set aside)
Pain Reliever (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen)
Cold Medicine
Hot and Cold Compresses
Wound Cleanser (antiseptic spray, etc.)
Topical Antibiotic (e.g., Neosporin to prevent infections in minor cuts, scrapes  or burns on skin)
Bandages and Tape (gauze or absorbent cotton rolls and first aid tape to secure in place to stop bleeding from cuts and wounds and prevent infection)
Bandage, Splint and Sling (although these may be too big for a medicine cabinet, they are good have on hand if you have been trained how to use them.  Stabilizing a minor sprain or injury can prevent someone from going into shock and needing medical attention).

3. Slide it Under Your Bed

Slide a bin of personal protective gear under your bed in case a hazard strikes in the dark of night.

Spare eyeglasses or Contacts
Hard Hat
Leather Gloves
Sturdy Shoes with Heavy Socks
Extra Batteries
Head Lamp

4. Stash it in Your Utility Closet

Your catchall closet is a great place for these items.  Keep them at eye level and don't let them get buried.

Fire Extinguisher
Battery Operated Lantern(s)
Battery Operated or Hand-Cranked Radio
Extra Batters (for all of the above)

5. Place it By Your Door

ByDoorIf you need to take off in a hurry for any reason, having a back-pack or duffle bag near the door that is pre-filled with these items will give you peace of mind when you grab it as you head out the door.

Insurance Policies
Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
Bank Account Information
Vehicle Information (for each person in your family keep a list of year, make, model, color and license plate number.)
Cash (bills and change)
First Aid Book
First Aid Kit
Drinking Water Pouches or Bottles
Food Bars
Warm Blanket (mylar survival blankets are light weight and compact)
Change of Clothing
Dust Mask and Tarp (to protect from contaminated air and blowing debris)
Garbage Bag for Human Waste
Sanitation Wipes and Supplies
Cell Phone Charger
Battery Operated Radio
Light Sticks or Flashlight with Batteries
Extra Batteries
Multi-Purpose Tool

and if there's a baby in the house...
Infant Formula
Bottle and Drinking Water (for dry formula)
Disposable Diapers
Garbage Bags for Soiled Diapers
Baby Food
Infant Cold Medicine
Warm Blanket
Change of Clothes

6. Put it Outside

Some things are best stored in the garage, car port or shed.  Make sure you can get your hands on these things.

Water for Sanitation (1/2 gallon per person per day.  This equals seven gallons per person for the recommended two-week supply.) 
Wrench or Pliers (for turning off utilities) 
Hammer, Screwdriver, Crowbar
Duct Tape
Plumber's Tape
Emergency Toilet
Garbage Bags for Human Waste​

7. Load Your Car

8. Love Your Pets


Be prepared to take care of your pets by ensuring you keep these items on hand.

Medications and Medical Records
Feeding Schedule
Name and Phone Number of Veterinarian
Description of Behavior Problems
Sturdy Leashes or Harnesses
Crate for Transport and Safe Shelter
Current Photos of Pet
Extra Food
Manual Can Opener
Drinkable Water and Water Bowl
Cat Litter and Pan
Pet Bed and Toys (that are easy to transport)