Disasters and Power Shut-Offs – Are You Prepared????


Pack a Kit

  1. As if you only have 10 minutes, make a list and put those items close at hand.
  2. Consider an evacuation route out of your home for all family members.  Plan a drill with your kids.
  3. Choose a place to meet in case you get separated.


  1. Keep refrigerators and freezer doors closed.
  2. Turn off appliances, equipment, and electronics to prevent power surges.
  3. Use food supplies that don’t require refrigeration.
  4. Use alternative plans for refrigerating medicines or power-dependent medical devices.
  5. Watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning – get a Carbon Monoxide alarm.
  6. Check on neighbors.
  7. Throw out spoiled or questionable food.
  8. Go to a community location: Lincoln Hill Community Church, 1411 Lincoln Ave

In Your Home

  1. Food
  2. Water: drinking and cleaning
  3. Flashlights lanterns and batteries
  4. First Aid Kit and manual
  5. Fire extinguisher
  6. Lighter and matches
  7. Copy of driver’s license
  8. Cash in small denominations
  9. Can opener and scissors
  10. Portable toilet or bucket
  11. Wrench near gas shut-off
  12. Paper towels and toilet tissue
  13. Chlorine bleach
  14. Plastic garbage bags
  15. Feminine hygiene supplies
  16. Pet food and leashes
  17. Camping tent
  18. Sleeping bags
  19. Camping stove or grill
  20. Work gloves
  21. Back up all important data online, AND, a separate hard drive.

In Your Car

  1. First aid kit
  2. Bottled water
  3. Cash
  4. Nutritious snack food
  5. Flashlight and batteries
  6. Waterproof matches
  7. Heavy work gloves
  8. Portable AM radio
  9. Comfortable shoes and socks
  10. Toilet paper and sanitary supplies
  11. Tools: screwdriver, pliers, etc
  12. Flares and lighter or matches
  13. Never leave gas tank below ¼ tank
  14. Don’t trust stored gas. If you must store gas, store a hi-octane in a metal can, not plastic.


Flooding may come from rain, underground leaks, and rising water leaks.

  1. Look inside for water stains on ceilings and around windows and doors.
  2. Look at the roof for missing or damaged shingles.
  3. Look at gutters and downspouts for leaking water. They may be damaged or clogged.
  4. Look at how downspouts drop onto the ground. It should go into storm drains or at least drain away from your home.
  5. Look at retaining walls for water leaking or ponding above.
  6. Leaning trees, especially on hillsides could mean trouble.


Hard to find emergency items – these are the things I bought:

Lanterns  – Solar Powered Lumens

small (2 pack ) these would be great to give to kids to teach them how to use solar power https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_pop?_encoding=UTF8&gen=canonical&lineItemId=knqnkppomonpsny&orderId=112-4078845-2363466&packageId=1&returnSummaryId=&returnUnitIndices=&shipmentId=DBldD9RzM


Cell Phone Powerpack https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S322S1P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Water Filter  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073WG9GVW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Porta-Toilet Seat for 5 gallon bucket  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000B13MT/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Bags for Toilet https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079N33LKC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A3NUCJILZN382Q&psc=1

Backup Battery for cell and computers –

There are a lot of selections – I bought this one because it is red! https://www.amazon.com/Portable-25800mAh-Ultra-High-Intelligent-Controlling/dp/B07XQ94ZL9/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1RALG7AYX8JAF&dchild=1&keywords=cell+phone+battery+charger&qid=1597091710&sprefix=Cell+phone+batter%2Caps%2C209&sr=8-5




Author: Michael Williamsen

Serving real estate sellers, buyers, investors, developers in Marin County, California. People like you, since 1982 to maximize profit and reduce stress and risk.