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Prepare Your Earthquake Kit

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For more information about emergency preparedness and fire prevention, contact the Reno Fire Department’s Division of Fire Prevention at 775-334-2300.
Every home should have an emergency kit with supplies to meet the basic survival needs of the occupants for three days to a week.

According to Reno Fire Chief Paul Wagner, "The home emergency kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs or your family; in the event that the emergency situation disrupts services and or creates situations in which food, water and other essential supplies are limited or unavailable."

How to store your Earthquake Kit
Emergency supplies can be stored in a large, clean trash can with a cover, plastic storage container, suitcase, duffle bag, backpack, footlocker or individual pack.

What to include in your Earthquake Kit

  • Non-perishable food items such as ready-to-eat items in unbreakable containers, canned meats, juice, fruits and vegetables, powdered milk, infant care foods, crackers, peanut butter, freeze-dried and dehydrated goods are recommended.
  • Emergency supplies should include enough bottled water to provide a minimum of 1-gallon per person per day.
  • Battery-powered radio
  • First aid kit and manual 
  • Sleeping bags and wool/thermal blankets 
  • Manual can opener 
  • Waterproof/windproof matches 
  • Flashlight and spare batteries 
  • Water purification tablets 
  • Utility knife 
  • Emergency candles 
  • Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses 
  • Essential medications 
  • Extra clothing

Additional Sanitation Items

  • Plastic bucket with tight fitting lid
  • Plastic bags and ties 
  • Disinfectant 
  • Improvised toilet set 
  • Paper cups and plates 
  • Personal toiletries and hygiene products 
  • Baby/infant supplies 
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Paper towels 
  • Plastic utensils 
  • Soap
  • Work gloves

Think about your pets
Families also need to provide for the care of pets during emergencies by making sure there is sufficient dry pet food kept in tightly sealed containers, having a large capacity self-feeder for food and one for water, as well as extra medications.

Important Documents
Preparations for emergencies should also include secured but accessible copies of marriage licenses, home mortgage, property and vehicle ownership papers, insurance documents, wills, jewelry or other appraisals, birth certificates, bank account information and any other document that may be needed following a catastrophic event.

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