SLC Fire Safety Tip – 96-hour Kit

SLC Fire Safety Tip – 96-hour Kit (Sept. 8, 2014)

Salt Lake City Fire Tip of the Week
“96-hour Kit”
Sept. 8, 2014
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

With September being National Preparedness Month, the Salt Lake City Fire Department is asking everyone to commit to building a 96-hour emergency kit.

You should assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. If you need to evacuate at a moment’s notice, a 96-hour kit will hold the essentials needed. You will probably not have time to search or shop for the supplies you need.

You may also need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last 96 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on scene after a disaster but unable to reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Here are some items that should be included in your kit:

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day)
  • Food (at least a four-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Prescription medicine
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Food for pets
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar

Building a kit from scratch can be expensive and daunting so, in order to help, SLC Fire will initiate a “Build-a-kit” campaign starting next month. The campaign will last approximately one year and will consist of SLC Fire giving guidance and suggestions for monthly items to purchase for your kit.

Suggestions will be made through the Department’s social media pages

Focusing on individual items such as food, water and medical supplies, one month at a time, we may not feel overwhelmed while building our kits.

Click here for previous Safety Tips.

For more information contact:

Jasen Asay
SLCFD Public Relations
Office: (801) 799-4125
Cell: (801) 597-4190

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