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John Gargett, the deputy director of Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, offers this list for your emergency kit:

Basic assumptions:

There will not be emergency response by Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services or Law Enforcement for an unknown time.

Individuals must be self-resilient until services are restored

Neighborhoods are the basis for community resilience.

Basic survival kit (home, workplace, vehicles):

First aid kit;

Non-perishable food;

Plastic cup and spoon;

Matches (waterproof matches and at least one butane lighter);


Knife, such as Swiss Army, with saw blade;


Gloves, leather is best;

Hardhat (with reflective band);

Reflective vest;

Prescription medicine;

Toilet paper;

Vehicle survival kit additions:

Always fill the tank when it is half empty;

Charger for cell phone for car;

Blanket or sleeping bag;

Warm waterproof coat;

Non-perishable food;

Coloring books/toys for kids;

Change of clothes;


Tool kit.

Home survival kit additions:

Propane barbeque;

Solar cell phone/tablet charger;


Fluids (almond/soy milk, water, etc.);

Non-perishable food;

Coloring books/toys for kids;

Prescription medicine.

Know your neighbors: Meet the immediate neighbors to the front, rear, side, up and down (for apartments/condos) and learn their capabilities, needs and expectations. Map your neighborhood. Know who has first aid training, belongs to a Community Emergency Response Team or operates a ham radio.

Think about your kids: Get a copy of, and read, school and college emergency plans. Prepare your children for a disaster occurring when you are not there and know how you will communicate with your kids.

Workplace survival kit additions:

Water/fluid stored under desk;

Non-perishable food;

Prescription medicine.