Are You Ready for an Emergency?

    We’ve all been waiting and finally summer is just around the corner! But with warmer weather in spring and summer, come storms and other emergencies that many of us are not prepared for. Now, we’re not saying you need to be prepped for the zombie apocalypse, but it is best to prepare a kit for you and your family in the event of an emergency. Here is a list of items that are recommended to include:

    • Water – Ahh! Good ol’ H2O. It is recommended that you stockpile one gallon per person for 3-5 days.
    • Canned and Prepackaged Food – This might not be the best time for a charcuterie board or Grandma’s homemade chocolate chip cookies, but canned food with expiration dates far into the future. Avoid packaged food items that will need to be cooked via electricity in the event of a power outage.
    • Paper plates, Utensils, & Manual Can Opener – You don’t want to be eating those canned beans with your fingers do you? Or chewing your way through the aluminum can? Didn’t think so.
    • Blankets, Pillows, & Towels – You never know when you might need to sleep in your car (or want to…ever been without AC when it’s 100 degrees out?!) These may not need to be kept in the kit, but have a plan to grab them from the linen closet quickly.
    • First-Aid Kit & Medications – Be sure to pack any over-the-counter and prescription medications you may need for all members of the family.
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-Operated Radio – While this might seem like technology of the past, if a power outage is widespread, this may be the only form of communication from authorities and emergency personnel.
    • Extra Batteries – Be sure to have batteries for your flashlight & battery-operated radio.
    • Toiletries – Travel size toiletries and toothbrushes would be helpful if anybody gets a little funky!
    • Wipes – Baby wipes have more purpose than just wiping baby’s butts. These can be helpful for cleaning hands, bodies, and other surfaces when soap and water are not readily available.
    • Cash – If a power outage is widespread, your debit and credit cards will do you no good.
    • Important Documents – Be sure to have a plan to collect and seal any important documents in a plastic bag. You might include forms of identification and any medical or insurance documents.
    • Don’t forget your pet’s needs! Be sure to include food, water, and medications for your pet. An extra leash and collar might be helpful as well.
    • Charged Devices – If you have warning, be sure any necessary devices are fully charged so you have access to them for the maximum amount of time possible.

    BONUS TIP: It is wise to go through your kit at least once a year and check for expiration dates. Even bottled water can go stale over time!

     

    Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? What else did you include? Leave a comment with your ideas!

     

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