As we mentioned in a previous post, September is National Preparedness Month, so this month we will be blogging about things like making an emergency kit, making a family emergency plan, and organizing your papers and affairs in case something happens to you. We know these aren’t fun topics to think about, but it will bring you and your family a peace of mind to know that you are as prepared as you can be if something should happen. In this post, we will talk about how to create an emergency kit and some of the essential items to have. There are many great emergency kit checklists available online…one that we like is from the ready.gov website.
According to their website, here are the recommended items to include in a basic emergency kit:
– 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
– Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
While these are the recommended items, there is a list of additional items to consider adding to your emergency kit. Check out the complete list here!
If you are taking the time to create an emergency kit (and we hope that you are), it would be a good idea to make an emergency kit for you car as well. ConsumerReports.org has a great detailed article on creating a roadside emergency kit. Be sure to check out the full article here!
I know that for many of us, creating an emergency kit has been on our “to-do” list for a very long time. Why not take advantage of this year’s National Preparedness Month and get this project checked off your list? You will be so glad you did! Try calling a friend and make your kits together…shopping with another person is always more fun, right? Take a minute right now to jot down a day and time that you will make this task a priority this month. If you want us to help keep you accountable, let us know and we can follow-up with you to make sure you got your kit made. If you want our help in putting the kit together, we’d be happy to do that as well.
Be organized. Be prepared. Have peace of mind.