Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Surviving Emergencies

We all should be prepared for any emergency/disaster, but actually planning and gathering supplies often gets put on the back burner behind all the other things in our daily lives. However, it shouldn’t be such a daunting proposition with a little planning and organization. Make a list of what you and your family would need if you were to be without utilities at home or have to evacuate your home, then start putting your kits together. Maybe purchasing some items each week would help to spread costs a bit.

Make an emergency kit for home and for your car – you never know when or where you’d need one! And be sure to check expiration dates periodically and replace any items that have expired.

Here are some things you might need, but be sure to personalize it to your specific needs:

First, think of organization and storage systems. Plastic totes would hold most things, with smaller containers inside for special items. Plastic milk crates would hold gallons of water.

1 gallon water per person per day – plan on at least a 3-day supply

3-day supply of non-perishable food, hand-crank can opener

paper goods (plates, cups, plasticware, paper towels, toilet tissue, moist towelettes, trash bags, etc.)

heavy-duty flashlight, extra batteries

NOAA weather radio and a hand-crank or battery-operated portable radio, with extra batteries for each

first aid kit

whistle to signal for help

cash, change, money card

matches in waterproof container

medications (prescription/over-the-counter)

blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing

things to help pass the time – books, games, cards, paper, pencils, etc.

fully-charged cell phone with charger (some hand-crank radios have USB ports for charging)

infant formula, diapers, etc.

pet food, extra water, leashes, medication, etc.

feminine hygiene products

personal hygiene products

Very Important: personal and family documents (IDs, passports, deed to home, birth certificates, bank account information, insurance information and policies, medical information & doctors' phone numbers, list of medications & pharmacy numbers, emergency contact numbers, and anything you might need for insurance or proof of identity). Put this in a waterproof, easily-transportable container.

We should all plan ahead and prepare for any disaster that might strike. Have a good week, and take care. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading.

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