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August 8th, 2009, 12:10 PM
Being in the thick of an active hurricane season in the Pacific (June to November), here's a thread to share what you have or have yet to get as part of your household Emergency Preparedness Kit.

As a good starting point, NOAA recommends the following (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml):

Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days:
non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
foods for infants or the elderly
snack foods
non-electric can opener
cooking tools / fuel
paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag:
insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items:
proper identification / immunization records / medications
ample supply of food and water
a carrier or cage
muzzle and leash

Yet there's probably a few other things you might add to that list. Like oh, say, booze? lol Or how about that fully-charged Nintendo DS or PSP? Better yet, how about a portable generator?

What non-perishable foods do you personally like to have ready in case of an emergency? In Hawaii, the #1 sellers' gotta' be SPAM, Pork and Beans, Vienna Sausage and saimin (ramen). lol

There's a really neat and what I think ESSENTIAL new product I heard about from a recent news broadcast with Red Cross Hawaii. I'll share that one in another post.

Another great resource for emergency tips is this Emergency Preparedness Handbook from HECO (http://www.heco.com/vcmcontent/StaticFiles/pdf/hep2008.pdf). (<---download the PDF of the entire handbook at that link)

Leo Lakio
August 8th, 2009, 12:18 PM
We are buying several of these (http://emprep.com/best_price_kit.html) at work, for use in case of earthquake or other event. Small - but better than nothing.

August 8th, 2009, 12:42 PM
Since I don't have a safe deposit box, I added a CD with scans of important documents and $100. cash. Both are sealed in vacuum packaging...exactly why, I don't know! That kit is meant to stay next to me in the event of evacuation! Guess I just needed a reason to use my Tilia Foodsaver! :D

August 8th, 2009, 12:48 PM
Leo, that's pretty cool how everything's included in one handy-dandy kit. As you said, it's small (limited), but better than nothing!

That neat new product I mentioned earlier as suggested by the Red Cross is called a WaterBOB (http://www.waterbob.com/Welcome.do).

It's a 100 gallon plastic "bladder" that displaces itself in your bathtub. You fill it up via your bathtub spout through a 'snout' that's connected to the bladder. Water is dispensed via an integrated siphon pump on top. With that, you'll have fresh, potable drinking water for up to 4 weeks. Also great to have for flushing the toilet.

WaterBOB (http://www.waterbob.com/Welcome.do). Genius! I'm getting one for sure!

August 8th, 2009, 06:46 PM
I saw the WaterBob for the first time on TV the other night. Very cool. However I wonder if I could've used in a condo during the lengthy Dec. 26-27 power outage? My guess is it works only for disasters with warning. Emptying it looks to be time consuming. Still, I'll get one. Thx for the link, Pomai.

ETA: Well...P*O*O*P! There's a $25. delivery surcharge to Hawaii and they don't take DiscoverCard; the only card I use online. I'm gonna have to work around those obstacles!

August 8th, 2009, 11:34 PM

I'm always happy to dust off and bring out this old favorite.

August 9th, 2009, 09:02 AM
I'm headed to Don Quijote/Daiei/Holiday Mart lol to pick up more butane canisters for my portable stove. I ended up using the ones I had for emergency preparedness making Yakiniku dinners at home (http://tastyisland.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/yakiniku-journey-pre-concert-party/). Good stuff!

Those butane canisters last a long time, too. Easily more than an hour on the highest heat setting. For around a buck each, pretty good deal.