Tuesday, October 21, 2008

50 Things to Have On Hand After a Disaster for Clean Up

After a disaster such as an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane, there are a number of things you need to have on hand for clean up. Here are the things you need:
  1. A digital camera to document the mess.
  2. A notebook to write down all of your notes (info on what you spent to clean up, etc).
  3. Insurance info (policy number, claims phone number, home inventory, etc).
  4. Rubber gloves.
  5. Leather gloves.
  6. Proper clothing (long pants, long-sleeved shirts and or "moon suit").
  7. Steel-toed boots.
  8. Rubber boots.
  9. Goggles.
  10. A hard hat.
  11. N-95 masks.
  12. Shovels.
  13. Rakes.
  14. Buckets.
  15. Wheel barrow.
  16. Wet/dry vacuum.
  17. Garden hoses.
  18. Bleach.
  19. Garbage bags.
  20. Breaker bar.
  21. Brooms.
  22. Mops.
  23. Stiff bristled brushes.
  24. Dust pans.
  25. Chainsaw.
  26. Waterless hand sanitizer.
  27. Antibacterial soap.
  28. Disinfectants/detergents.
  29. Pressure washer.
  30. Generator.
  31. Fans.
  32. Tarps.
  33. Rope.
  34. Duct tape.
  35. Visqueen (plastic sheeting).
  36. 2x4s, plywood, hammer, nails.
  37. Garbage cans (a dumpster is better).
  38. A tetanus shot (have this done ahead of time).
  39. Tool to shut off the gas line.
  40. Flashlights.
  41. Dehumidifier.
  42. Ladder.
  43. Food and water (that hasn't been exposed to flooding).
  44. Fire extinguisher.
  45. First aid kit.
  46. Towels/rags.
  47. Propane stove/propane/pots (for boiling water to sterilize items)
  48. Method to restrain pets (cages, leashes, halters, etc).
  49. Backhoe (a nice item to have).
  50. Money (the more you have the better off you will be).

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