Creating an Emergency Supply Kit

September is almost over but there is still one more day left in National Preparedness Month. In honor of this, we would like to share FEMA’s Emergency Supply List to help you create an Emergency Supply Kit for your family. Creating an Emergency Supply Kit will help prepare you and your family for potential natural disasters as well as other large scale events.

FEMA’s Emergency Supply List (
Recommended items:
-Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
-Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
-Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
-Flashlight and extra batteries
-First aid kit
-Whistle to signal for help
-Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
-Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
-Local maps
Additional items for consideration:
-Prescription medications and glasses
-Infant formula and diapers
-Pet food and extra water for your pet
-Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
-Cash or traveler’s checks and change
-Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
-Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
-Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
-Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (When diluted nine parts water
to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to
treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not
use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.)
-Fire Extinguisher
-Matches in a waterproof container
-Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
-Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
-Paper and pencil
-Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

An Emergency Supply Kit is just one of many steps towards having a full Emergency Plan for your family. Will be sharing additional steps and suggestions on our blog and Facebook page. Feel free to check out FEMA’s site ( for more information in the mean time.

Jessica Bulloss
Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue

New Building

Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad has called 200 Progress Street home since 1957. The town and surrounding county has grown significantly since the 1950’s and so has our agency. As our community grew bigger we added more ambulances to cover emergency calls. We started by responding to calls from work or home, but for many years we have had 24/7 coverage by dedicated in-house crews. In addition to housing our crews and equipment, our facility has hosted countless hours of medical training for area volunteers and the community as a whole. If you spend much time around our crew you’ll quickly notice that we are more than a bunch of EMTs, we are a family. Our family is excited to be working with the Town of Blacksburg on the design and construction of a new rescue station, our new home!

The Town of Blacksburg is providing us with a new station at the corner of Progress Street and Patrick Henry Drive, just up the street from our existing station. Here are a few features of our new facility.
-A 10,000 square foot apparatus bay
-Four bunk rooms (to house our growing crews)
-Dedicated training spaces
-Improved meeting spaces for meetings, trainings, and community events
-Increased parking capacity
-Additional administrative space
-More storage for our training and technical rescue equipment

We will be talking more about this project right here on our blog, so be sure to follow us on Facebook!


Will Bulloss
1st Lt. Facilities
Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad

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