If the power goes out or you have to evacuate, a crucial item to have is a portable radio and good batteries. In times of crisis, the emergency broadcasting system gives warnings and information that are vital to each community. The following list of items for communication can be very helpful in an emergency:
Emergency Communication Needs
- Portable radio and extra batteries
- Solar-powered battery charger and rechargeable batteries
- Cell phone
- Ham radio
- Flashlight with extra batteries (for signaling as well as light)
- Extra bulbs for the flashlight
- Battery-powered spotlight
- Other ___
Prepare for Emergency Sanitation
Those of us who are accustomed to using full bathroom facilities, laundry appliances, and a kitchen sink or dishwasher will find it a challenge to keep clean during a crisis. In addition, sanitation is particularly important in case of a flood or earthquake, for example—especially if a family member is injured. To maintain adequate sanitation, you should prepare a “sanitation kit” and have on hand the supplies necessary for keeping yourself, your clothes, and your dishes clean.
Sanitation Kit This kit, which the entire family will share, can be put into a five-gallon bucket and stored along with your 72-hour kits. The bucket can be used as a toilet if necessary (see figure 1.4). You can even purchase a screw-on lid that fits over the bucket and has a
toilet seat on top of it. See the Resource Guide in the back of the book for such supplies.