Emergency Preparedness

What does Emergency Preparedness mean to You?

For some, it means having a flashlight or two, some candles, and for those who take it seriously,
a generator, portable gas stove and a stockpile of water, a "GO Kit"  and

What does Emergency Preparedness mean to an Amateur Radio Operator?

The #1 item a Ham Radio Operator will say is battery power to run their equipment for an extended length of time.

Actually, depending on the emergency, the #1 item should be Are You capable of assisting with communications,

or are you preoccupied with family or personal matters?

If you are predisposed to other issues, you may not be mentally available to assist in the disaster effort.

If you are capable of assisting in disaster communications, the government recommends that you have the following on hand

for you and your family as well as your communications equipment.

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Moist towelettes for sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • I have put a complete list of items posted below

    Meet David N5COO, from Collierville, TN

    David has his "Ham Shack" prepared to handle a utility disruption.

    You can see my HF rig with the antenna tuner setting under it.  

    On the shelf to the right you can see my FMS walkie-talkies used in emergencies here in Collierville.

      My cordless phone is there along with my larger LED lantern that is chargedby cranking.  

    In the far right you can see the container for my smaller lead acid deep cycle battery for my two meter radio. 

    This battery can be carried in a back pack.

    To the right of my HF rig is my battery booster to keep the voltage to my radio at 13.5 volts.

    The mirrors are to make the room brighter by bouncing the light around.

    Above my desk you will notice the plastic to help keep the cold air out of my

    shack in the winter.  Above that is a compact fluorescent light bulb for

    lighting. There is a mirror above that light also.

    The light you can see in the upper right is both for light and heat.  

    When it is cold out I put it much closer my hands.

    The lap top is wirelessly connected to my home network and I have another

    battery converter that I can connect to my router and modem for emergency power.

    There is a third deep cycle battery under the area directly under the shelf for my lap top.
    Under the corner of the desk directly beneath my HF rig are my two gel cell batteries.
    The car battery is in the bottom of the right portion of my desk.

    In the white cabinet in the bottom is my

    DC to AC converter to operate fluorescent lights and my lap top in case of an emergency.

    There are two atomic clocks with local time and GMT time.

    Personal Items

    Baby powder - Cell Phone/Charger - Dental floss (also use to tie) Deodorant Eyeglasses/contacts (spare)

    Facial tissue - Feminine hygiene items - Hairbrush/comb - Important phone numbers - I.D. Papers -  Insect repellent

    Jacket/sweater - Mirror - Mouthwash - Pants - Poncho/rain suit - Razor and blades - Sewing kit

    Shampoo - Shirts - Shoes - Socks (wool & cotton) - Sunglasses - Sunscreen - Toothbrush/paste

    Vaseline/hand lotion/body oil - Wool cap, visor hat/cap - Wool gloves - Underwear

    Personal Protection items - Knives - Weapons - Ammunition - Flint - Compass

    First Aid Supplies

    Advil or Nuprin (anti-inflammatory, pain) - Alcohol - Anti-acid/anti-gas - Anti-bacterial wipes

    Anti-diarrheal - Antiseptic cream with anesthetic - Aspirin (pain, anti-Inflammatory, fever

    Band Aids - Burn cream - Cloth tape - Cold packs (instant) - Cotton Swabs - Cough drops

    CPR mask - Dust/Bacteria mask - Elastic wraps - First Aid book - Gauze pads, 4” - Gloves, latex/vinyl

    Hand sanitizer - Heat Packs (instant) - Hydrogen peroxide - Laxative - Mirror - Nail clippers

    New Skin - Prescription meds - Scissors - Throat lozenges - Tweezers - Tylenol (fever, pain)

    Cooking Supplies 

    Aluminum foil - Can opener (manual) - Cook pans - Bottle opener - Hibachi, fuel

    Paper/plastic plates/bowls - Paper/plastic cups - Plastic wrap - Plastic utensils

    Sterno stove/fuel - Swiss Army knife - Zip-Loc bags - Sanitation - Baby wipes - Bleach

    Diapers - Pet litter - Soap, antibacterial - Soap, hand, liquid - Toilet paper (Zip-Loc bag)

    Cloth Towels - Paper Towels -  Water purification tablets


    Canned food (meat, fish, vegetables fruit, soup, macaroni) - spaghetti, beans, baby formula, - pet food

    Cheese spread - Dried fruit - Drinking water (1Gal/Person/Day) - Jelly - Juice - MREs - Peanut butter

    Powdered milk, creamer - Pudding - Salt, pepper - Snack, candy, nutrition bars - Sports drinks/concentrate

    Sugar, sweeteners - Survival rations - Trail mix, granola, nuts

    Safety Equipment

    Batteries - Dust mask - Flashlight - Gloves, leather - Goggles - Headlamp - Knife - Light sticks

    Safety helmet - Whistle - Tool Box - Crowbar - Electrical/duct tape - Flares, highway

    Hammer - Jumper cables - Pliers/Needlenose pliers - Rope - Screwdrivers, slot/Phillips

    Super glue - Soldering iron/solder - Wire cutters - Wrenches, Allen - Wrenches, socket

    Updated 2.16.2010