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#107493 - 10/01/07 11:47 PM Blast's Emergency Binder details
Blast Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
The following is a list of what I keep in our emergency binder. I put down url's for stuff if I had the information, but I can't guarentee the links are still active.

Blast’s Emergency Binder

Section 1: Emergency numbers
1. Emergency 911
2. Non-emergency 311
3. Information 211
4. Poison control 1-800-222-1222
5. Child Protective Services
6. County Sheriff
7. Precient 4 Constables
8. Local fire department
9. Animal control
10. County SPCA office
11. Water/Sewer
12. Electric company
13. Gas company
14. Trash pickup
15. Family cell phone numbers
16. Friend’s home/cell phone numbers
17. Neighbor’s home/cell nuumbers
18. Phone company number
19. Work numbers
20. Travel Agent’s number
21. Bank’s phone number
22. Credit card companies’ numbers to report stolen card
23. Houston red cross
24. Local school numbers
25. Home owner’s association’s number
26. Lawyer specializing in self-defense cases number
27. Call-Before-U-Dig
28. Emergency number of company in charge of nearby gas pipeline

Section 2: First Aid
1. American Heart Association book: Heartsaver First Aid With CPR and AED
2.. “Guidance Potassium Iodide as a Thyroid Blocking Agent in radiation Emergencies” from www.fda.gov/cder/guidance/index.htm
3. print out of medical FAQ from old misc.survivalism usenet
4. “Venomous Snakes of Harris County” sheet from www.cp4.hctx.net/jones

Section 3: Flooding
1. Personalized checklist of what to if flooding threatens our house (who moves what to where and when)
2. Harris county pamphlet “minimizing Flood Hazards in your community”
3. Print out of “Frank’s Flood Facts” from http://www.click2houston.com./weather/955650/detail.html Frank is the Channel 2 weatherman.
4. Print out of “Flood Information” from Houston’s Emergency Management website at www.ci.houston.tx.us/oem/flood
5. Print out of “Flood Information Disaster Plan” from www.ci.houston.tx.us/oem/flood/displan.html

Section 4: Hurricanes
1. Pamphlet from Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management “Hurricane Preparedness & Evacuation Infromation”
2. Pamphlet from The Home Depot “Hurricane Preparation Guide 2006”
3. Pamphlet from Institue for Business & Home Safety (www.ibhs.org) “Protect Your Home Against Hurricane Danmage”
4. Pamphlet from walmart/sam’s Club “Hurricane Preparation Guide”
5. laminated hurricane tracking charts
6. print out of how to brace house windows/doors/garage doors/trusses for hurricane. I don’t know where I got this.
7. Booklet from 2002 Fort Bend County Hurricane Workshop
8. Maps of Houston’s evacuation routes from Texas Dept. of Transportation
9. CD of Houston Hurricane Safety from Harris County Emergency Management

Section 5: Maps
1. Map of neighborhood streets
2. Houston map from AAA
3. Texas map from AAA
4. Map of nearby ATM’s
5. Map of local emergency church/Red Cross shelters
6. topo map of area

Section 6: Water/Food Safety
1. Water FAQ from misc.survivalism usenet group.
2. Dosage chart for treating water with Clorox bleach.
3. Pamphlet from FDA on food safety in a disaster.

Section 7: Power
1. “Everything you ever (or never) wanted to know about emergency power sources and generators!” which I think I got from http://theepicenter.com/tow1230.html
2. “How to calculate power load” from misc.survivalism usenet message board

Section 8: Bugout Bags
1. “Mike’s Bugout Bag FAQ v2.1” from misc.survivalism usenet group
2. “Disaster Supply Kit” from misc.survivalism
3. “Emergency Car Kit” from misc.survivalism

Section 9: Communication
1. Listing of local radio stations
2. Copy of article “Hearing Voices” by Avery Comarow from Oct. 15th, 2001 issue of U.S. News and World Report. This articles gives shortwave frequencies of BBC, Deutsche Welle, Radio Canada, Radio Netherlands, Voice of America, Voice of Russia, Kol Isreal, Radio Cairo, Radio Pakistan, Voice of Iran.
3. List of FEMA, National Guard, CanForce, Army MARS, Navy Marine Emergency, Air Force air-to-ground, NORAD, FAA, Coast Guard, Maritime ship-to-ship frequencies.
4. List of assorted “nutball news” shortwave radio broadcast frequencies

Section 10: Nuclear Incident
1. “Nuclear Blast Mapper” article from www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/sfeature/1mtblast.html
2. Map of US nuclear powerplants
3. Diagram of usual Houston day/night wind directions

Section 11: Misc
1. keys to neighbors’ houses (labelled with pictures of their pets)
2. Harris County Citizen Corps ‘Emergency readiness and National Security Wheel”
3. Harris County Hospital District “Pocket Guide to Emergency Preparation”
4. Recent family photographs
5. Recent family heights/weights/distinguishing marks
6. Pamphlet on pipeline safety and emergency actions


Edited by Blast (10/02/07 02:55 AM)
Edit Reason: fixed another link
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#107495 - 10/02/07 12:07 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: Blast]
Blast Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
I need to add our doctors' numbers, pediatrician's number, dentist's number and contact info for some of y'all (kmat, Librarin, Wildman and a few others).

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I miss OBG.

#107502 - 10/02/07 12:51 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: Blast]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Very nice, Blast!

Just out of curiosity, where do you keep it?


#107503 - 10/02/07 12:56 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: Susan]
Blast Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas

Basic paranoia suggests I answer that question by PM.


Edited by Blast (10/02/07 12:59 AM)
Edit Reason: Had second thoughts
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I miss OBG.

#107504 - 10/02/07 12:58 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: Blast]
ironraven Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Looks great.... Only one problem- now I've got homework. smile

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#107514 - 10/02/07 02:27 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: Blast]
samhain Offline

Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 598
Loc: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sweet Mother!!!!!

Damned impressive binder.

You put me to shame.

Couple of Suggestions from the health care provider end of the boat.

Emergency Phone Tree:
Think sitting in the ICU waiting area in the middle of the night, destraut and thinking "who do I call? What do I do??". Someone will get left out in the stress of the situation that may be a valuable resource.

Medical Info Sheet:
For each family member
You can even import a photo of each family member onto their sheet and it could be faxed to an Emergency Room anywhere if need be.
Dealt with a number of families split up by Katrina and members scattered all over the place in varying levels of conciousness/mental faculties and trying to figure out what the patient's history was. Patient couldn't tell us and even their old medical records were under 10 feet of water.

Don't trust yourself to remember all of your wife's medications or your child's allergies while they're screaming and/or bleeding in front of you. Been there, done that, went brain dead, and I'm a nurse that deals with that on a daily basis.

The Med Info Sheet should includes:
- Allergies including foods, tape, latex,....
- Medications/doses
- Surgeries and any metal implants (no not the ones the aliens put in , they don't show up on xray)
- Physicians and their contact numbers
- Vaccinations especially most recent tetanus.

Living Will Copy:
Yeah, you're young now but drunk drivers and demonic cats happen. Best to talk about it and get it in writing now while y'all are both calm (relatively) and able to talk about it.

Funeral Plans:
At least an overview or a sheet that says "look in the 'Funerals' folder in the second drawer of the green file cabinet" The more specific the details the less the survivor has to try and think about.

I love (not like,... love) punchlists. Don't even have to think about things, just follow the punchlist in order and nothing gets missed.

For example:
I have a punchlist for an individual storm such as
- tasks/shopping list for storm watch issued.
- tasks list for storm warning issued.
- tasks list for direct hit
- tasks list for post storm stuff including who to check on. (I always forget somebody).

Most impressive, Obi Wan has taught you well.

Edited by samhain (10/02/07 02:30 AM)
samhain autumnwood

#107518 - 10/02/07 03:02 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: Blast]
JCWohlschlag Offline
Some guy who wandered in…
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Registered: 11/26/06
Posts: 724
Loc: Dallas, Pennsylvania, United S...
Originally Posted By: Blast

9. Animal control
10. County SPCA office

Let me guess… recent additions? laugh

Seriously, though. That binder is incredible! I think you just shamed us all. blush
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#107519 - 10/02/07 03:29 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: Blast]
desertrat1 Offline

Registered: 02/16/06
Posts: 144
Loc: Kingman AZ
That Rocks Blast Good Job!!
What you know isn't as important as knowing what you don't know

#107529 - 10/02/07 08:58 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: desertrat1]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
You know, the level of organization in this MOAB (Mother of All Binders) is very impressive. I never thought "binder envy" would be a part of my vocabulary. Just another day on ETS forums I guess......

#107533 - 10/02/07 11:46 AM Re: Blast's Emergency Binder details [Re: samhain]
Blast Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas

Those are good ideas. I'll incorporate them. Looking through the binder I realized I was missing one big section: insurance! I'll add copies of our insurance policies tonight along with the medical stuff you suggested.

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I miss OBG.

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