Submitted November 6, 2008

A disposable camera is vital for taking pictures for the insuranc

Hello Tom,

Your kits look good, and the extra comments and suggestions are helpful. I have been in several natural disasters, tornado, flood, and hurricane. The biggest one was hurricane Andrew in Miami. So here a few comments from my experiences:

A small battery powered television is really great for finding out what is going on in the aftermath of the disaster. We used ours a lot after hurricane Andrew, more so than the radio.

The second big thing is clean-up, which usually has to start right away. So I would add to your list rags (old towels are great), buckets, bleach, and very important, rubber gloves and work gloves. Most water that comes in from flooding is contaminated. And clothespins for the clothesline if people don't have those anymore!

Also, a disposable camera is vital for taking pictures for the insurance company. That would be a great addition to your kits, because you'll need it right away, even before clean-up starts.


Dorothy Wells

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Dorothy, Thanks for the info. The camera is a great idea. In fact my automobile insurance company sent me a disposable camera to keep in the glove box to take pictures after an automobile accident to keep everyone honest.

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