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Emergency Preparedness 22 Week Schedule and Planning ideas

January 8th, 2014 at 09:00 pm

Another blog entry today mentioned emergency preping in 52 weeks. That lead me to a brain dump and some ideas for how to prepare in 22 weeks, to be repeated as necessary until enough food, water and supplies for a minimum of 7 days.

Emergency Preparedness Purchase List for Disaster Preparedness Kit

First, be creative with where the purchases are made: thrift stores for storage solutions, dollar/99 cents stores for flashlights, first aid supplies, batteries, canned goods, candles, matches, etc. hardware or supply stores.

Rotate all food and water every 6 months.

*per person in family

Week 1: 1 gallon water, 1 jar peanut/nut butter, hand operated can opener, 1 canned meat*, 1 box permanent marking pen, role of duct tape, basic first aid kit, select storage location, select back pack for grab and go kit (think thrift stores for purchase),

Week 2: 1 gallon water, 1 canned meat*, 2 flashlights with 2 sets extra batteries and 2 sets extra batteries in a different size (dollar store purchases), water proof matches and water proof container.

Week 3: Leatherman or Swiss army knife type tool.

Week 4: 1 gallon water, 1 canned fruit*, 1 canned
vegetable*, 1 canned meat*, 1 package dry milk, 1 package feminine hygiene, aspiring or pain reliever, pencil/pen/notebook.

Week 5: 100 feet rope, 1 gallon water*, 1 each canned fruit/vegetable/meat*, evacuation routes map.

Week 6: Animal planning: 1 gallon of water for each household pet, 1 bag of food size to last 1 week for each household pet, 1 litter pan/container of litter, 1 backpack for pets labeled “PET GO KIT” with extra toys, leashes, water and food dishes, photocopies of vet cards (needed if ever checking into a shelter), licenses, veterinary contact information.

Week 7: 1 gallon water, 1 can fruit/vegetable/meat, 1 package toilet paper, 1 4-pack toothbrushes, toothpaste.

Week 8: first aid supplies: adhesive bandages in multiple sizes, gauze pads, safety pins, adhesive tape, non-latex gloves in multiple sizes, roller bandages, make arm sling from extra material.

Week 9: 1 gallon water, 1 can soup/fruit/vegetables*, sewing kit, disinfectant

Week 10: first aid supplies: scissors, tweezers, thermometer, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, disposable wipes, petroleum jelly, 2 tongue blades, extra eyeglasses, contacts, saline solution for contacts.

Week 11: 1 gallon water, 1 can soup, liquid dish soap, house hold bleach, 1 box heavy duty garbage bags, antacids.

Week 12: battery powered radio, wrenches to turn off utilities, waterproof plastic container for important papers.

Week 13: 1 gallon water, 1 large can of juice, “Ziplock” baggies in multiple sizes between snack sizes to 2 gallon, 1 box energy bars/quick energy snacks.

Week 14: paper goods week: toilet paper 1 4-pack per member of the family, paper towels 1 roll per person, paper cups,

Week 15: personal safety: whistle*, tools: crow bar, pliers, screwdrivers, hammer.

Week 16: 1 gallon water, 1 can fruit/vegetable/soup/meat*, 3 boxes “treats” graham crackers, fruit snacks etc.

Week 17: 1 gallon water, 1 large can of juice, 1 box energy bars/quick energy snacks, 1 role duct tape.

Week 18: 1 box dry cereal*, 2 containers each of antidiarrheal medicine, rubbing alcohol, antiseptic.

Week 19: Animal planning: 1 gallon of water for each household pet, 1 bag of food size to last 1 week for each household pet, 1 container of litter, I bag treats for each animal.

Week 20: plastic wrap, aluminum foil, disposable plastic containers with lids, personal hygiene items: feminine supplies,

Week 21: camping or utility knife, work groves, disposable dust masks.

Week 22: develop bucket toilet: http://www.survivalpreparednesstips.com/Survival%20toilet.pdf

Important things to consider:

Baby needs: formula and bottle, water, diapers, clothes, blankets for sleeping and clean space to crawl and play.

Elderly care: 1 month extra medications, spare glasses, hearing aid batteries, additional needs per person.

Kids care: games, books, cards, special treats to keep them busy and occupied.

Consider buying solar battery charger which can charge batteries and phones/computers/ipads etc. Goal Zero makes some fantastic items that I myself have purchased including solar powered lighting and energy sources enough to keep refrigerator running.

Blankets, towels, wash cloths, for each member of family.

Each member of family has back pack with several
changes of clothes season specific, especially socks and underwear, shoes, personal items.

Cash in multiple denominations and coinage, and some in each family member grab and go bags.

Continue with food and water prep until enough for family for minimum 7 days. Repeat weeks as necessary.

Learn how to make candle heater with flower pots: http://www.trueactivist.com/how-to-easily-heat-your-home-using-flower-pots-tea-lights/

Video tape contents of your home room by room for insurance purposes. Save video to disks in safety deposit box and at home, send to out of town contact for safe keeping as well.

Develop an out of town contact to notify in case of emergency who can track all members if communications in the disaster area are compromised.

Make a complete list of contacts in your phone book in case of error. Keep a copy in each back pack. Update twice a year, minimum.

Develop car emergency kit: ides forthcoming.

Review all insurance coverage once a year. Have copies of policy numbers and policy in important papers, know what emergency assistance your insurance company can provide.

Learn emergency plan for your childrens’ school/day care.

Bolt cabinets and book cases to wall studs. Hot water heater, too.

Test smoke detectors twice a year, minimum.

Learn first aid/CPR.

Know evacuate routes for your neighborhood. Identify evacuation point out of neighborhood that everyone knows where to go.

Develop complete lists of family member prescriptions including dosage, prescribing doctor and when the prescription expires and need to be renewed by the prescribing doctor as most are only good for 12 months.

Leave shoes and flashlight next to bed for quick exit. Keep spare pair of comfy walking shoes in trunk of car and at work location.

Know the utility shut off locations and procedures, identify tools needed and nail next to interior garage door clearly labeled or leave wrench attached to cut off valve.

Make photocopies of all important papers and store in water proof container with supplies.

I know I can write much more about this subject. This was just a brain dump. If the weeks don't work for your planning, identify when things are on sale and cross them off as your purchase. Remember planning for 7 days of food and water for your family.

2 Responses to “Emergency Preparedness 22 Week Schedule and Planning ideas”

  1. snafu Says:

    Having experienced an emergency evacuation with hardly any notice've found it practical to use a 32 oz, wheeled, plastic trash can for emergency supplies. We also repurposed old back packs for two days emergency supplies which are stored in the car trunk along with winter specifics at 1st snowfall. Your list is the best I've seen and has many items we're missing so I'll add those applicable when I rotate in February. Thank you for the best, most comprehensive list I've seen. I hope others will begin to assemble an emergency supply kit as these situations are so alarming and made worse when you are caught unaware.

  2. Kiki Says:


    There are a ton of items that I didn't even mention! Rice and beans, fire extinguisher, basic silverware, tongs, BBQ/tools for cooking and keeping safe, hand crank radio, powdered eggs, cooking oil, tooth brush/paste and other hygiene items, extra pacifiers, small camping stove, pots and pans, photos of family members for identification later, allergy list, keys to the house and cars, granola bars, candy (not chocolate), poncho (or use garbage bags), dish pan, coffee, cocoa, tea, crystal light/Gatorade water flavoring things (helps hide taste from new cleaned water)instant oatmeal, sugar among others.

    It is important to note there are several things to consider building:
    1. A car emergency kit appropriate to summer or winter.

    2. a 72 hour "grab and go" kit if you had to evacuate your home, it would allow you to survive at least 72 hours-stored in a back pack or two.

    3. and then long term planning to survive an emergency or disaster and provide food and shelter to your family for a minimum of 7 days, preferable 14. People assume that resources will flow in and save them but reality and events in the past 10 years shows us that it will take a minimum of 3 days (72 hours) before resources will be available, or longer!

    and 1 gallon of water per person per day, at least 2 liters per house pet per day, more if live stock.

    I know I wrote a post about what I carry when I travel (like next week when I take a week long business trip) but I think I will also break down what I keep in my car for around town trips and longer trips (which for me is two different kits as I don't want the extra 20 pounds of stuff in my trunk when I go to the grocery store!)

    One note, I keep a complete first aid kit in a back pack and it is stuffed with bandages, tape, aspirin, Tylenol, Alleve, etc and is rotated every six months. My grab and go bag and that first aid bag, plus the financial paperwork folder in the cabinet and I am out the door in three minutes. If I had 15 minutes there are a few sentimental items I would grab.

    So, three different types of emergency prepping to ensure your family is taken care of.

    Look here for information on how to keep your financial records secure: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/29791

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