Part 2, Create Your Home Emergency Kit
As we mentioned in yesterday’s blog post September is National Preparedness Month and over the next few days we will be posting blogs on how you can be better prepared for emergencies. Today we will focus on the first step of being prepared and that is to create your emergency kit.
The first step in being prepared is to know the standard items you will need in the event of an emergency. Here is the basic list that Ready.gov recommends.
1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
4. Flashlight and extra batteries
5. First aid kit
6. Whistle to signal for help
7. Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
10. Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
11. Local maps
12. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Click here to see an expanded printable list of items you can consider adding to your emergency supply kit.
1. You can keep your supplies in a plastic bin or in one or two large bags or totes that you can grab it you need to and take with you.
2. You may need to keep your bins or bags in different locations of the house based on how much storage you have. If you do this you can pin or tape a note to each bag or box indicating where the other box is located. This way you or your loved ones will know where to look in case they forget during an emergency.
3. Keep your bag or box located in a cool dry location to extend the life of your items. Try not to store items in a garage or attack which experiences extreme temperatures.
4. Remember water can be heavy if traveling. You may consider packing a CamelBak water hydration pack in your emergency kit. These water hydration packs are typically used by cyclist and other sports enthusiast, but would work well in a situation where you needing to leave your home in the event of a disaster.
What are you doing to be prepared? I’d love to hear your ideas. Leave a comment below.
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