As you have seen in all your training, you never know when the ‘big one’ is going to hit.  That is why you should review the contents of your backpack regularly and ensure that it all stays together in a state of readiness.

Backpack Checklist

Personal items

DWS card
Cell Phone

Personal Protection

CERT backpack
Saratoga CERT Baseball cap
Yellow reflective safety vest
CERT Hardhat
Work Gloves
Safety goggles
Particulate masks
Knee pads

Sustenance / clothing

Plastic Water bottle
Energy Food bars
Eyeglasses (if needed)

Search and Rescue / Damage Assessment Supplies

Pad of paper and/or CERT standard forms assortment
Pencil or pens
LED headlamp
All-in-one shutoff tool
Mylar blanket

Medical Supplies

Gauze pads  (20)
Gauze rolls  (4)
Non-latex exam gloves  ( a few pairs)

Note:  Items shown in italics are not provided by the Saratoga CERT program and must be obtained yourself.

A few things to note with your backpack.  The Nitrile (non-latex) gloves do degrade over time.  If you keep these in your backpack in the trunk of your car, you should check and/or replace them annually.

For you homework, print off a copy of this one page checklist and take a look at your backpack.  You can refresh any missing items at our next skills-building exercise on October 28th.