.....excerpt from an article in the Tulsa World..."The National Weather Service, The Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency & The American Red Cross recommend we all 'prepare for the worst' by assembling such a kit ......

....this awesome tornado pic was taken by Tim Baker

"DISASTER SURVIVAL KIT" a Must For Every Family

(Disclaimer: Most of the next article was typed as is from an article in the Tulsa World....no plagerism is intended, just sharing the very helpful information with those who may not have seen it......or have a disaster plan of their own.....)

  • Select canned foods which require no involved preparation, heating or refrigeration.
  • Don't forget to include several small can openers with your food collection.
  • If you can't live for three days without hot food, include a three-pack of Sterno (jellied alcohol fuel in a can) in the food section.
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables are easier to use than dehydrated foods you must reconstitute and cook.
  • It is more practical to buy complete-meal offerings such as beef stew, spaghetti, chili, etc., so you're not forced to "prepare meals" while huddled in the ruins of your home.
  • Prepare for at least two main meals per day for each family member.
  • Canned juices, milk and soup should also be included.
  • In small packets, include staples such as sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Include high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix.
  • Comfort-stress-relief treats such as cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee and tea bags will round out your stores.

  • You can buy plastic containers intended for this purpose or just clean and save 2-litre beverage bottles for use as water containers.
  • Avoid using plastic milk jugs as they can break or decompose after time.
  • Active people need to drink at least two quarts of water each day; and children, nursing mothers and ill people need more. Hot environments double this need.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day--two quarts for drinking and two quarts for food preparation and sanitation.
  • Keep a 3-day supply for each person in your household. Dump and refill water containers every 6 months.

  • In a separate container which will fit inside the disaster kit, collect the following:

    Include 1/2 ounce bottle of "syrup of ipecac" to induce vomiting in case of accidental poisoning, a can of activated charcoal to absorb swallowed poisons which can't be purged, laxative and anti-diarrhea medication.

    Store assorted bandages, including butterfly
  • sterile roll gauze
  • hypoallergenic adhesive tape and scissors to cut it with
  • six 2-inch sterile gauze pads
  • six 4-inch sterile gauze pads
  • 3 triangular bandages
  • 3 rolls of 2-inch sterile roller bandages
  • 3 rolls of 3-inch sterile roller bandages.


  • burn ointment or spray
  • hydrocortisone cream for skin problems
  • baking soda for insect stings, heat rash or itching
  • calamine lotion for bites and minor rashes
  • eyewash with cup
  • sterile cotton
  • tweezers for removing splinters
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • antibiotic ointment or spray
  • antiseptic
  • Epsom salts.


  • an oral thermometer and a rectal thermometer for children
  • petroleum jelly
  • elastic bandage
  • assorted safety pins
  • several pairs of latex gloves.


  • In addition to at least a 3-day supply of any PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, also have on hand the following over-the-counter medications:

  • aspirin or acetaminophen
  • antacid tablets
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • antihistamines for allergic reactions to insect bites, food allergies, contact allergens, etc.
  • laxative or stool softener
  • nasal spray
  • oral decongestant
  • multiple vitamins or specific vitamins any individual family member needs.


  • The book recommended by the ARC is "First Aid Fast." (1994, Mosby-Lifeline) published for the Red Cross. It covers breathing emergencies, burn treatment, cardiac emergencies, choking, cold-related emergencies, drowning, heat-related emergencies, etc.


  • Mess kits or paper cups, plates & plastic utensils for each person should be included
  • a battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • cash or travelers checks and quarters and dimes for the pay phone
  • can opener
  • utility knife
  • ABC-type fire extinguisher
  • tube tent
  • pliers, duct tape, compass, matches in waterproof container, aluminum foil, plastic storage containers
  • signal flare, paper and pencil, needles and thread, medicine dropper
  • shut-off wrench to turn off gas & water, whistle, plastic sheeting
  • a map of the area for locating shelters.


  • Don't forget the toilet paper, hand soap and liquid dish soap
  • moistened towelettes, feminine supplies
  • personal hygiene items
  • plastic garbage bags with ties for personal sanitation uses
  • plastic bucket with tight lid
  • disinfectant and household chlorine bleach.


  • Clothing
  • bedding
  • sturdy shoes or work boots
  • rain gear
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • hat and gloves
  • thermal underwear
  • a spare pair of EYEGLASSES or sunglasses.

  • Rethink the contents of the kit and family needs at least once a year, replacing batteries and updating clothing every six months.
  • Also include any special-needs supplies such as baby formula, diapers, heart or high blood pressure medication, denture care, etc.
  • If you EVER take care of someone else's children, include provisions for them too !!


The preceding addresses the needs of human preparedness in times of disaster, but if you're browsing my pages, you most likely have pets to prepare for as well.
Read on to find out how you can prepare for your pet(s)' well-being and comfort in times of disaster.....

A reasonably priced source of fully prepared, long life survival foods: LongLifeFood.com

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