Nov 05

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Making an Emergency Preparedness Kit

With all the images and stories from Hurricane Sandy fresh in our minds, now is the time to put together your family’s emergency kit! I’ll admit, this falls in the category of things I’ll do “later” but once you see some of the images on the news recently, you realize the time to prepare is NOW because there won’t be anything you can do after the disaster strikes. I’m thankful we live in an area where we don’t have many natural occurrences that could cause so much damage. However, with winter around the corner, the last thing I want to deal with is a big snow storm with a power outage that would leave us stranded! Here are the items FEMA recommends putting together for your family:


  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container. {A great idea is dipping cotton balls in Vaseline and storing them in a plastic baggie. Super easy to start a fire with!}
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
  • Cash and coins.
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.


Depending on where you live, these are other items you’ll want to remember:

  • Jacket or coat.
  • Long pants.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket — remember to have enough on hand for all family members!


I would also suggest…



Here are the things you need to remember…

  • Keep foods in a dry place and make sure they are stored in proper containers to protect from pests. You’ll want to throw out any canned foods that are outdated or have swollen/dented/corroded cans. An easy way to do this is to rotate out your supplies every six months.
  • Assess your family’s needs and supplies every year to make sure you adequately supplied.
  • Make sure to also change your water supply every six months.
  • Double check to make sure you have the right sized clothing and diapers for any small children. A great time to update this is when you change out your seasonal clothes.
  • Consider keeping MRE’s {Meals Ready to Eat} in your kit, especially if you have a large family and it would be hard to store enough canned food. Another benefit is that the MRE’s have a shelf life of up to five years!



Does your family already have an emergency kit? Are you working on putting one together? I would love to hear about it — please leave a comment with your ideas!



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