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SECTION 5
STORING SUPPLIES

OBJECTIVE

To identify and obtain the medical supplies, tools and equipment, water and food needed to care for children and staff after an earthquake.

After a damaging earthquake, it may not be possible to leave your school. It also may not be possible for emergency responders to get to your building. You may spend 72 hours or longer on the premises, without any material help from outsiders.

Stocking supplies, first aid kits, water, tools and food in a secure place is therefore an important part of your preparedness plan. Assuring that those supplies are fresh and uptodate is also crucial. It is a good idea to keep inventories of supplies and written records of where they are. It works well to assign the procurement, storage and maintenance of specific supplies to the teams with those particular responsibilities after the earthquake. An example of such an assignment system is in this section.

"We had no power, no water (after October 17th, 1989 earthquake). The metal (water) storage tank rocked back and forth, broke all the fittings, ruptured; we lost our storage. Of course the pump wouldn't work because it's electric; we couldn't flush toilets because we didn't have any water, and we have a septic tank pump station which is electric so we couldn't pump sewage anyway. The water lines all broke, almost at every connection, the sewer lines broke, the gas lines broke. We were in big trouble"

Kenneth Simpkins
Superintendent
Loma Prieta Joint Elementary School District
Los Gatos, Ca

 

KEEP IN MIND

You don't have to get everything, but try for the very necessary basic supplies listed below:

You don't have to get everything at once; try to accumulate supplies incrementally.

Your priorities in acquiring supplies should correspond to those which will be most important immediately after the earthquake and as time passes. For example, first aid is more important than water ahd water is more important than food.

"I think some basic storage of emergency supplies is absolutely necessary, because regardless of where the school is located, things can happen. And, in addition, an auxiliary generator, flashlights, a communications system are key things."

Kenneth Simpkins
Superintendent
Loma Prieta Joint Elementary School District
Los Gatos, CA

 

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School Earthquake Preparedness Guide - State of Arkansas
Arkansas Office of Emergency Services, 1993