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Pandemic Flu preparedness calendar (preparedness for any type of disaster)

(Amount of food and water may need to be increase for multiple family members)

Prepared by: Putnam County Health Department

Week 1

Grocery Store

    1 gal. water*

    1 sm jar peanut butter*

    1 lrg can juice*

    hand-operated can opener

    instant coffee, tea, powdered soft drinks

    permanent marking pen

    1 gal of water per pet

 

 Also:  pet food, diapers, and/or baby food if needed.

    Make a family plan.

 

    Date each perishable food item using marking pen

 

    Identify tornado shelter areas in your home & at work.

 

Week 2

Hardware Store

    Crescent wrench

    Heavy rope

    Duct tape

    2 flashlights with batteries

    "bungee" cords

 

 

Also:  a leash or carrier for your pet, if needed.

 

 

    Check your house for hazards.  Secure loose objects that may fly.

 

    Locate your gas meter and water shutoffs and attach a wrench near them for emergency use.

Week 3

Grocery Store

    1 gal. water*

    1 can fruit*

    1 can meat*

    sanitary napkins

    video tape

    1 gallon of water per pet

 

 

Also:  pet food, diapers, and/or baby food if needed.

 

    Use a video camera to tape the contents of your home for insurance purposes

 

    Store tape with family/friend that lives out of town.

Week 4

Hardware Store

    Plumber's tape

    Crowbar

    Smoke detector with battery

 

 

Also:  extra medications or a prescription marked "emergency use" if needed

 

 

    Install or test your smoke detector

 

 

Week 5

Grocery Store

    1 gal water*

    1 can fruit*

    1 can meat*

    1 can vegetables*

    2 rolls toilet paper*

    extra toothbrush*

    travel size toothpaste

 

Also:  special food for special diets, if needed

 

    Identify an outside meeting location for Fire Emergencies

 

    Make sure all family members know the meeting location

    Have a fire drill at home.

 

Week 6

First Aid Supplies

    Aspirin and/or acetaminophen

    Compresses

    Rolls of gauze or bandages

    First aid tape

    Adhesive bandages- assorted sizes

 

Also:  extra hearing aid batteries, if needed

 

    Check with your child's day care or school to find out about their disaster plans

 

    Have a tornado drill at home

 

 

 

Week 7

Grocery Store

    1 gal. water*

    1 can ready to eat soup*

    1 can fruit*

    1 can vegetables*

 

Also:  extra plastic baby bottles, formula and diapers, if needed

 

    Establish an out-of-state contact to call in case of emergency.

 

Week 8

First Aid Supplies

    Scissors

    Tweezers

    Antiseptic

    Thermometer

    Liquid hand soap

    Disposable hand wipes

    Sewing kit

 

Also:  Extra eyeglasses, if needed.

    Place a pair of shoes and flashlight under your bed so that they are handy during an emergency

 

Week 9

Grocery Store

    1 can ready to eat soup*

    Liquid dish soap

    Plain liquid bleach

    Heavy duty garbage bags

 

Also:  saline solution and a contact lens case, if needed.

 

 

    Send some of your favorite family photos (or copies) to family members out of state for safekeeping.

Week 10

Hardware Store

    Waterproof portable plastic container (with lid) for important papers

    Portable AM/FM radio (with batteries)

    Purchase a NOAA weather radio/receiver

Also:  blankets or sleeping bag for each family member

 

    Make photocopies of important papers and store safely.

Week 11

Grocery Store

    1 lrg can juice*

    large plastic food bags

    1 box quick energy snacks

    3 rolls paper towels

 

Also:  sunscreen, if needed

    Store a roll of quarters for emergency phone calls.

 

    Go on a hunt with your family to find a pay phone near home.

Week 12

First Aid Supplies

    Anti-diarrhea medicine

    Rubbing alcohol

    Latex gloves (or nitrile)

    Syrup of Ipecac and activated charcoal

    Vitamins

     

Also:  items for denture care, if needed

 

    Take your family on a field trip to gas and water meter shut off valves.  Show them what to do in an emergency.

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