Citizen Preparedness Information

Printable Citizen First Aid Kit pamphlet

Thurston County Emergency Management - Personal Preparedness

No fee citizen CPR Class Information

American Red Cross "Safe in the Sound" preparedness website

A disaster could make it difficult for you to communicate an emergency need or for response units to get to you.
Are you prepared to help yourself and your family for the first 72 hours?
Check medication expiration dates annually.

Items to consider for a First Aid Kit
Wound Care

​(4) Triangular Bandages (used for slings or bandages)
(2) Elastic Bandages 4" (used for sprains for compression bandage)
(2) Elastic Bandages 3" (used for sprains for compression bandage)
(4) Kling gauze bandage 4"x 5' Sterile (used for bandaging)
(1) 1/2” hypoallergenic cloth tape
(2) 1" hypoallergenic cloth tape
(1) 2" hypoallergenic cloth tape
(8) 2x2" gauze sponges, sterile (used for dressings)
(16) Telfa pad dressings
(10) Eye pad dressings
(12) 4x4" gauze sponges, sterile (dressings)
(4) 8x10” abdominal pad dressings
(12) 4x4" gauze sponges, sterile (used for dressings)
(15) Band-Aids™, various sizes
(12) Stretch Bandaids
(1) Cleansing agent/soap, antibacterial (used to clean wounds)
(10) Povodine wipes or solution (used to clean wounds, do not use on persons with sensitivity to iodine)
(1) Tube Antiseptic (or antibiotic type, used to prevent/treat skin infections)
(1) Antiseptic/anesthetic spray (for minor burns)

Miscellaneous

​(1) Eyewash solution (used to wash eyes)
(1) Package sting-kill (used for insect bites)
(8) Moistened towelettes (used for skin cleansing)
(16) Alcohol wipes (used for skin cleansing)
(3) Chemical cold packs (used for sprains/strains)
(1) Small bottle Aspirin or Acetaminophen (used to relieve pain and fever)
(1) Anti-diarrhea medication
(1) Antacid (used for upset stomach)
(1) Tube poison oak cream/lotion
(1) Bottle laxative
(1) liter drinking water
(1) bottle of sunscreen
(1) Pocket mask for CPR
(6) Tongue depressors (used for mouth inspection or finger splints)
(1) Flashlight and extra batteries
(1) Oral thermometer
(1) Bandage scissors
(1) Tweezers
(3) Pair exam gloves
(2) Surgical masks/particle masks
(6) Safety pins
(1) Paper pad/pencil
(1) First Aid manual
(4) Surgical masks
(1) Aluminized/mylar blanket

Suggested items for your disaster car kit

​If away from home, you may have to rely on the supplies you have with you.
Pack enough for each family member.
Pack for 72 hours minimum.

Non-perishable food (2,000-4,000 calories per person per day)
Drinking water (at least 1 quart per person per day)
Small First Aid kit and manual, necessary medications
Blanket or sleeping bag
Rain gear and extra clothes
Walking shoes and extra heavy socks
Flashlight and batteries
Radio and batteries
Booster cables and flares
Class ABC fire extinguisher (small)
Matches and candles
Plastic siphoning hose with hand pump (available at auto centers)
Always keep automobile gas tank at least 1/2 full
Help flag for signaling