In Part 1, we learned about having a disaster checklist and how to purify water. In part 2, let’s learn about keeping an emergency kit.
Sometimes many things we depend on daily may not be working during an emergency. You may be without a telephone. Water and electricity may be cut off, keeping you from cooking your meals in the usual way. As natural disasters may happen without warning, it is good to keep foods with a long shelf-life on hand at all times. If you do stock foods, remember to check dates for freshness and replace regularly.
The following items are important and useful to have on hand in case of an emergency:
- Always have atleast two-week supply of all medicines and vitamins.
- 3 day grocery list as below
- Diabetics need to have enough insulin and supplies on hand, including extra batteries for the glucometer.
- Emergency phone list with names and phone numbers of your doctor, dialysis unit and the local hospital.
- Radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Charged cell phones
- List of phone numbers handy
- Cash and credit/debit cards
- Candles and matches
- Measuring cups and scale
- Plastic forks, spoons, knives, plates, bowls and cups
- 25 lts drinking water
- Refrigerator thermometer
What else should I know?
- Follow your diet according to the meal plan given.
- Be careful when eating unpreserved foods to avoid food poisoning. If a jar or can is opened, do not keep it longer than 4 hours unless refrigerated.
- Use a refrigerator thermometer to know if food is stored at a safe temperature. If your refrigerator temperature is over 40 degrees F, food will only be safe for 4 hrs. After that time- throw it away.
- Use disposable plates and utensils. Throw away after use.
- Keep distilled water handy for mixing milk or juice. Mix small amounts of only 4 ounces at a time.
- Limit intake of fluid to 2 cups per day. To help cope with thirst chew gum.
- Do not use salt or salt substitute with your meals. Use salt-free foods when possible.
- Avoid high potassium foods. Limit the kinds and portion sizes of fruits and vegetables eaten to those listed in this fact sheet
- If you have diabetes, keep instant glucose tablets, sugar, hard candy, low-potassium fruit juices, or sugared soda pop on hand to treat low blood sugars. Avoid high-potassium fruit juices (orange juice).
For more on what’s right for your emergency guide, talk to your nephrologist for more. Call 080 60006200 for an appointment.