Sustainable NE Seattle

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We, SustainableNESeattle (SusNE) NESeattlePrepares and RBCA, are introducing a new project (September to May) to help our neighbors and communities in the building of our home emergency preparedness kits called “Task A Month”. This program breaks down the gathering of items for your emergency preparedness kit in month-sized bits. We will post these monthly tasks thru emails and at

PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS IN COMMENTS ON the afore mentioned PAGE, HOW YOU ARE DOING, WHAT YOU'VE FOUND THAT WORKS, LET US KNOW IF/WHEN YOU GET THIS DONE. We also hope you will take this idea and try it in your own neighborhood block, at your work or other organizations you belong to.


• Get container(s) for storing supplies

You will need as many containers as will store your gear for your family. Containers can be plastic bins, plastic or metal trash barrels or suitcases. You might plan to put shelter gear into one and power/water/ daily gear into another. Consider finding smaller boxes or bags that you can organize supplies into inside the bigger box. Example: the large plastic bin has a smaller box/bag for toiletries and a different smaller box/bag for first aid.

• Clothes for cold and rain (non-cotton).

Sturdy shoes and/or shoes near your bed. (If earthquake and glass has broken/things fallen, shoes are handy). Hat, gloves, rain poncho. Consider bringing in some clothes/shoes to the office and/or your car trunk.

– Consider options that have multiple uses; e.g. Box of large black garbage bags can be converted into rain ponchos as well as coverings for broken windows, and linings for toilet buckets as well as garbage or dry clothing storage.




First Aid & Medications




Lighting & communication


Bandages (not just Band-Aids) including gauze and tape, pain & fever reducer, scissors or knife, Tums, ace bandage, neosporin, medical tape, advil type, chapstick/carmex, alcohol wipes, extra prescriptions, glasses/contacts, anti-histamine, anti-diarrhea, Neosporin/anti-


Waterproof flashlights, headlamps, hand-crank lights, extra batteries stored outside of device. Light sticks. Battery operated USB device charger (can be used for cell phone).

Hand or battery operated radio; Consider bringing in flashlights for the office and/or your car trunk. bacterial ointment, eye drops, etc…


Cooking tools –depending on foods



Get non-perishable food for 3-5 days



Stove, fuel, lighter/matches, pot/pan, pressure cooker, unbreakable plates/cups/utensils, spatula or spoon, hand can opener, etc.… I’ll be hitting up Goodwill.


I have heard 3, 7, or 10 days - or 30 if that’s the way you roll ;-). I’m planning for 5 days. Plan for longer if you live on an island. For cans, I am cycling my stock: I buy canned goods checking for furthest expiration date; then unload new canned goods to emergency bin and move current emergency cans into cupboard. Also, if I have 5 days in my emergency stock and stock in my cupboard, I have 5+ days if it’s all accessible. For dry goods, try to get food that needs little/no water and little/no prep.

Consider bringing in some food stock for the office and/or your car trunk. And consider food stock for your pets.


This is an excellent article from PCC on types of food to consider (such as energy dense foods) in preparing a food kit:


Water & Filtration









1 gallon/day/person.

Filter or tablets or bleach or someone recommended this to me:

Collapsible water bag (shower or drink). 

Consider bringing in water containers for the office and/or your car trunk.


Tent and/or tarps and ropes/cords (maybe 25ft para cord), sleeping bag/blankets, space blanket (great stocking stuffer!)

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