When a disaster strikes your areas, it is better to be prepared and assemble essential supplies for a home emergency kit. Sometimes, this may seem like a waste of money. But when disasters happen beyond your control, it can change your perspective.
Stock all items in a suitcase or easy-to-carry bag that is readily accessible during any time of the day. Brief all of your family members of it’s location and how to handle the kit.
Here are are some guidelines for a basic “grab and go” kit:
For drinking and sanitation, provide one gallon per person in you family for 3 days. Consider doubling the amount if you live in a very hot climate, or have young kids. Bottled water is advised. Tap water can also be stored in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. If you have pets, give assign your pets portions too.
Again, provide a three-day supply of non-perishables. Don’t forget a can opener unless you’re handy with a spoon. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but prepare them in a way that you actually like. It is not bad to include cereal bars, trail mix, and candy bars. Store food in the best way possible, in a pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.
Flashlights and extra batteries
Flashlights are better than candles. Candles are recommended to avoid house fires. If you have chargeable lamps, remember to charge first before storing.
This will be your best friend in case of accidents. Gather Two pairs of sterile gloves, adhesive bandages and sterile dressings, soap or other cleanser, antibiotic towelettes and ointment, burn ointment, eye wash, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, and stomach analgesics such as Tums or Pepto-Bismol, and a laxative.
Sanitation and hygiene supplies
Sanitation is a way to avoid sickness. Remember that moist towelettes are sealed in packets. Also be ready with paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. You might also want travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.
Radio or TV
Get updates; keep a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries to remain connected in case the power goes out.
Helpful extras:Duct tape, dust masks, a signal whistle, toys for kids. Have at least $100 for emergency cash
Tailor a emergency preparedness kit to your needs
You may not need extra blankets in case drastic changes in weather occurs.
Update your emergency preparedness kit regularly
Replace everything that needs to be changed. You definitely don’t want your emergency kit to grow some molds.
Buy a pre-made kit
As an alternative to making your own kit, you canbuy a stocked kitfrom the American Red Cross ($50-$100).
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