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"Task A Month"

Building our Emergency Preparedness kits month by month. Together.

When you live in Seattle you know there is a possibility of an earthquake occurring here. Every time there is a quake in another part of the world our local news reminds us, “That could be us…are we ready?” Speaking for myself, I have some preparation done but not enough and I know I need to do more, so when I met with the Ravenna Bryant Community Assoc (RBCA) Emergency Prep committee chair and others in the community to discuss ways to help encourage personal emergency preparedness, I was enthusiastic. According to FEMA, personal/family prep is paramount in readiness.


We, RBCA and SustainableNESeattle (SusNE) NESeattlePrepares, 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 here. PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS IN COMMENTS ON THIS 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 in which you belong.


Here is the first “Task A Month”


  • 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.



We will also continue to offer the Map Your Neighborhood program to get your block prepared, and seek individuals that want to be a part of revitalizing our Wedgwood emergency communication HUB. Contact if you are interested in either of these activities.


In addition to this project the RBCA will be hosting some emergency prep focused meetings, which you can find out about here


Thank you for preparing your family for emergencies. It helps us all to be better prepared, and to be prepared to help each other!


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Comment by Joann Kerr on March 14, 2017 at 3:29pm


General Items Whistle, dust masks (can be N95 rating or better), goggles, cash in small denominations, clothes pins or safety pins, bungee cords, pencils/paper, playing cards. Sewing needles, safety pins, zip ties, sharpie pen, q-tips, paper/dish towels.

Comment by Joann Kerr on February 16, 2017 at 2:04pm


Sanitation & personal hygiene

Toilet paper, diapers, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toothbrush/paste, floss, soap, etc., large garbage bags, towels. Can make up a “hygiene pack” with these items.


Personal Docs & Cash


Financial first aid kit

Have a paper copy of important phone numbers. Also have copies of birth certificate, license, social security card, credit cards, insurance policy (what’s covered), house inventory, bank account numbers for non-card access.  Can be paper and/or USB drive (but know that USB drives inevitably fail over time). Have cash in small denominations.

Consider getting flood insurance; King County residents get 50% discount, I’ve heard. Also consider getting your house earthquake retrofitted/secured to foundation).

Comment by Joann Kerr on February 16, 2017 at 2:03pm


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!)

Comment by Joann Kerr on November 3, 2016 at 12:21pm


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:

Comment by Joann Kerr on October 28, 2016 at 7:29am


the last line under First Aid is 




First Aid & Medications





..... Neosporin/anti- bacterial ointment, eye drops, etc…

Comment by Joann Kerr on October 6, 2016 at 9:12am

Oct Tasks:




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…

Comment by Joann Kerr on September 22, 2016 at 9:49pm

I am starting my container gathering with 2 metal trash cans cause I plan to put stuff in my garage and there are rats out in the alley and have been in my detached garage. I may need more than 2 but that is what I am starting with. 

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