D15 Emergency stores

Disasters
  • If a community is able to establish and strengthen a building which can be used as an emergency shelter, then equipment and supplies which would be essential during a disaster should be stored there. In poor communities it will be very difficult to set aside resources, but over time, useful stores could be built up. Local authorities may also be able to provide some equipment.
  • Useful stores could include ropes, ladders, shovels, matches, candles, lanterns and fuel, water containers, plastic sheeting, blankets and first aid equipment. If resources allow, then emergency food supplies could prove invaluable. These should be of nutritious food that will keep over long periods of time. Tinned and dried food is best.
  • These items should be kept in a secure cupboard or storeroom. Useful community records and maps could also be kept here.

Discussion 
  • Discuss the benefits of maintaining emergency stores. Who should take responsibility for establishing and maintaining this?
  • What other essential items should be included in the store?
  • If there is a day’s warning of a cyclone or flood, what additional supplies should be obtained? Who should be responsible for this? Where would they obtain such supplies at a time when most people are more concerned with escaping or protecting their homes, families and possessions?
  • What kind of food should be stored? What would be suitable meals that could easily be prepared from such ingredients?