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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