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Emergency supplies list

Be prepared. That goes especially for all staying in high seismic risk zones. It is advisable to take certain safety precautions beforehand.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2003 17:14 IST
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Be prepared. That goes especially for all staying in high seismic risk zones. It is advisable to take certain safety precautions beforehand.

You should have the following stored in a safe place that you can easily access:

First aid kit. This is an absolute must. If possible you should also get some training in case you need to assist someone in need of basic medical aid.

A torch. This would an invaluable tool to have in case of electricity being down. Keep spare batteries too.

Warm clothes. Put away some warm clothes, sheets, blankets, and if possible, sleeping bags as rescue teams often take time to reach the affected areas. Something has been tragically borne out in numerous recent quakes.
Medicines. Some basic medicines that you could require in emergency should also be stored.

Tools. This could include tools like hammers, wrenches and even scissors.

Fire extinguisher. Keep a fire extinguisher handy for small fires.

Food and water. Sounds impractical, but it would be advisable to keep a supply of non-perishable food on hand. This would obviously have to replenished at regularly. Canned, tinned food would perhaps serve the purpose best. Water should be stored in airtight containers and replaced at intervals. Store water taking into account the number of people in your house.

All of this should be kept together as far as possible.

First Published: Mar 05, 2003 15:50 IST