Are you Disaster Prepared?

The Charlestown Police Department stresses the importance of being prepared for disasters, natural and terrorist in nature.  Being prepared doesn't have to mean that you are paranoid, preparedness can save your life and the lives of your family members.  The following general preparedness supply checklist can help you and your family make the all important disaster preparedness supply kit.  The checklist is provided by the US Office of Homeland Security and courtesy of the Charlestown Police Department, for more information on preparing you and your family for disaster, go to

Basic Supplies:

* Flashlight and extra batteries

* Map of the area for evacuation or for locating shelters

* Battery powered radio and extra batteries

* A whistle to signal for help

* Plastic garbage bags, ties & toilet paper (personal sanitation)

* Moist towelettes

* First Aid Kit



Clothing and Bedding:

If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth.  It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat.  Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies once a year to account for growing children and other family changes.  Have at least one complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person including:

* A jacket or coat * Sturdy shoes
* Long pants * A hat and gloves
* A long sleeve shirt * A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person



* Emergency reference material such as a first aid book

* Compass

* Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils

* Matches in a waterproof container

* Cash or travel's checks, change

* Aluminum foil

* Non-electric can opener, utility knife

* Plastic storage containers

* Paper towels

* Signal flare

* Fire extinguisher:  small canister, ABC type

* Paper & pencil

* Tube tent

* Medicine dropper

* Pliers

* Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water



* Toilet paper, towelettes

* Plastic bucket with tight lid

* Feminine supplies

* Disinfectant

* Personal hygiene items

* Household chlorine bleach **

* Plastic garbage bags, ties (personal sanitation)


** You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water.  Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water.  Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.


Important Family Documents:

* Keep copies of important family records such as insurance policies, identification and blank account records in a waterproof, portable container.

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