Bouchard Cleaning Restoration, Inc. D.K.I discusses Disaster Preparedness and Home Fire safety.

The question on everyone’s mind? Do disasters really happen in Maine? 

The answer is yes. In Maine we have disasters such as….

  • Fire
  • Ice storms
  • Snowstorms and blizzards
  • Thunderstorms and lightening
  • Hurricanes and Tornadoes
  • Forest fires
  • Dam failures
  • Drought
  • Floods

Here are just a couple in recent Maine history when an emergency kit would have been beneficial….

  1. The flood of 87′ left thousands stranded where roads had flooded over, not to mention the damage done to homes.

2. Ice storms in 97′ left thousands without heat, stranded and with severe damage to their homes.

What can you do to minimize loss and be more prepared? 

  1. Make a disaster supplies kit.
  2. Get insured! Having insurance on your car, home, apartment and business will minimize the loss you face in a disaster situation. Insurance offers you piece of mind and the ability to recover more quickly after a disaster.

Do not wait until last minute to attempt to prepare an emergency kit. When a disaster hits, you may not have the time or ability to obtain the supplies you will need to get through the situation comfortably. 

 

What you need in your emergency kit:

  • water- one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
  • food- at least a three day supply of non-perishable food for you and your pets
  • battery powered radio or hand crank radio with extra batteries
  • flash light with extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • whistle to signal for help
  • dust masks to help filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape to make an emergency shelter
  • wet wipes, garbage bags and toilet paper
  • wrench or pliers to turn off utilities ( shut off valves)
  • manual can opener for food, knife (multi-use)
  • local maps
  • cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • medication list for renewals and a three day supply
  • medications such as Advil, Tylenol and Aspirin
  • paper plates, cups, napkins, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, contact lenses and solutions and feminine supplies
  • extra clothes and shoes
  • blankets, hats and mittens
  • copies of important documents such as birth certificates, passports and Rx list

Things to remember…..

  • Pets- water bowl, food and leash
  • Infants- formula and diapers
  • Elderly- list of prescriptions,walker, cane, dentures, glasses and hearing aids

First Aid Kit supplies should include…

  • 20 adhesive bandages of various sizes
  • sterile gauze pads of various sizes
  • conforming roller gauze bandage
  • germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • antiseptic wipes
  • gloves
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • cold pack

Expand this list as much as you want to fit any need. Advil and Tylenol are great for muscle aches and headache. Benadryl is good to help combat allergic reactions. Aspirin is the first line of defense when someone is having a heart attack. Granola bars are helpful when someone has low blood sugar. Eye drops are great for removing debris and eye discomfort. 

These kits are quick and easy to put together and can even be ordered online. These items are available at your local dollar store, pharmacy, big box store or online at the American Red Cross. Your kit should be based on your own personal needs.

The dollar store has many of the first aid items making it even more cost efficient to put your kits together. 

Emergency kits should be kept at home and at work. Speak with the Office Manager at your company to locate where the First Aid kits are kept on premises and in company vehicles. Keep supplies in your car in case of an emergency while traveling.

Tip; Did you know that the head rest in your car detaches so that in an emergency you can break the glass if needed to escape the car?