The Importance of Making Your Own Emergency Kit




Note: This is a follow-up article to our previous post “Emergency Preparedness Tip: How to Create Your Own Emergency Kit“.

In the event that there is a natural disaster in your area, or some other form of emergency, it is crucial that you and your family be prepared for anything. You never know how long you will be without electricity, if the water lines will be damaged or disrupted, or if you will either be unable to leave your home or have to evacuate immediately. There are several items that are important for you to have in an emergency kit.

You may already be aware of many or all of these supplies that you should have on hand, but it is always good to have a list readily available, so that you do not forget anything. In general, a decent supply of water, foods that will not go bad, and first aid items are good to have. It would be helpful to have one or more kits ready-made, depending on the size of your family.

Why You Should Have an Emergency Kit Prepared

When it comes to your emergency supply kit, you will find that it is incredibly useful for having everything in one place. Stash it somewhere that is easily accessible, so that you can handle emergency situations quickly and without complications. The top supplies to have in your kit are the following: water; food; a few types of tools, such as a crowbar, bungee cords, hammer and nails, adjustable wrench, and staple gun; copy of your important documents and phone numbers; sleeping bag or a blanket; change of clothes and sturdy shoes for each family member; heavy work gloves; plates and other feeding accessories; special needs items, especially for children and seniors; prescription medications and the prescriptions; and a first aid kit with instructions, among several other items.

A “go kit” will vary slightly from the emergency kit, but many of these basic items should be included in it. Place this in your vehicle, if you have one, in the form of a backpack, duffel bag, or another type of easy to carry case. Put some type of I.D. on it, such as name and phone number and/or address, in case of it becoming lost in the midst of getting to a safe location.

Remember, the key to putting together an emergency supply kit is that the safety of you and your family should be above everything else. Leave unnecessary items out, so that you have all you need without an especially heavy load to carry. When you have prepared and made up a plan with your family, anxiety should be lessened when an emergency strikes.

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About the Author Agnes Embile Jimenez


Agnes likes to think that she's a full-time BUM. She's currently doing the things she loves while maintaining a frugal lifestyle. This blog is all about her struggles to live a frugal life, her quest to see the world via budget traveling, and her love to share to other people (via blogging) everything that she is passionate about.

Agnes does not absolutely conform to any beliefs or philosophies. Though she's writing about frugal living and is currently embracing the minimalist lifestyle, she doesn't want to define her existence based on these realities alone. For her, life is too diverse, too colorful, too mysterious. It would be a waste of experience (and time) to imprison herself to a few set of ideas. Google+ | Twitter

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6 Responses to The Importance of Making Your Own Emergency Kit

  1. Lula says:

    Thank you for the tips, i have already the kit like you describes, now i will made such kits in my Moms place… I think it is very important thing…

  2. Nancy says:

    I still have to make an emergency kit or buy one. I believe each household should have one. We face physical risks everyday. Great post, nes! :)

  3. Yuriy says:

    Hello. I travel a lot and I have everything I need in any situation, b/c my emergency kit help me a lot with problems with health, or my notebook problems, or whole on my t-shirt :) But I’m always ready for anything and suggest you have your own emergency kit.

  4. Thomas says:

    We all should have an emergency kit made for certain situations. When an incident occurs, you need certain things handy that do not take much time to find. These things will be kept together in the kit and you can access them when needed. It is easy to get to different things at the same place if you possess a kit.

  5. Dev says:

    As they say, “Prevention is better than cure.”

  6. Madhukeshwar says:

    For this article the slogan “Prevention is better than cure” fits the best.
    Whenever the emergency occurs, we notice the importance of making emergency kits.Good article, keep up.Thanks

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