Doctors for Disaster Preparedness
by Sharon Packer, Utah Shelter Systems
Survival shelters & equipment cannot be looked upon as things we purchase and put away. Survival is a ‘way of life’. We must continually be alert to current threat and thinking of ways to better our situation. All survival items must be kept in a ‘ready’ state.
- Rotate food supplies (look for bulging cans and outdated supplies)
- Inspect water supplies, yearly (look for growth, bad smell)
- Inventory spare light bulbs
- Inventory other supplies (post war as well as expedient)
- Lubricate and check hatch latch for proper function
- Inspect gasket on door,
- Inventory & rotate medicines & first aid supplies
- Check oil level on LUWA
- Paint any areas of corrosion
- Turn on all radios & check for proper function
- Change batteries in smoke alarms
- Inventory & rotate dry-cell batteries (D, C, AA, AAA)
- Eat, sleep and stay in shelter for 24 hours.
- Inspect water level in lead acid batteries quarterly
- Scrub & disinfect counters
- Wash bedding regularly.
- Inventory clothing for seasonal and size changes
- Regularly (monthly) charge and maintain batteries.
- If using a dehumidifier, check water level regularly
- Check water collection bottle on LUWA regularly
- Check floors for signs of rodents
- Charge dosimeters monthly
- Check radiation meters for proper function
- Remove all dry-cell batteries from appliances (flashlights, radios, meters)
- In areas of high humidity, check regularly for mold
- Clean guns & check for proper function