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8 Items to Have in Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

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Recently a severe storm ripped through our area with 80 to 100 mile per hour wind gusts. Our windows rattled and the hail started falling, so we found ourselves under the basement stairs, away from the windows. In that moment, we realized how unprepared we were for any type of emergency.

Had there been a tornado, or had we been without power for any significant amount of time, we would have been in a difficult position. Don’t let wild weather find you unprepared; instead, take the time to create an emergency preparedness kit. You may want to include:

A battery-operated portable radio or television. This can be one of your lifelines when the power goes out. You can keep abreast of the storm even when your electric operated television is no longer working.

Bottled water. You may not like bottled water because of the environmental impact, but if you rely on well water powered by electricity or your town has a disaster that affects water quality, you could have a shortage of water fairly quickly. Bottled water can tide you over until the power comes back on.

Battery powered lamps. Having several flashlights will help you in the event of a short outage, but battery powered lamps are advisable for a longer outage.

Fresh batteries. Keep a supply of fresh batteries in case any of yours run out so you are not stranded without battery operated light and radio or television.

Portable generator. While this is a financial investment, a portable generator can be essential to your comfort and can save you money if the power is out. Consider how much you would lose if you have a large freezer stocked with food and your electricity is out for several days or weeks. Another benefit is that these generators can also be used to power your tailgate party.

Permanent generator. If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages, you may want to invest in a permanent generator. My mom lives in an area where the power goes out if the wind blows just a little strongly. In the 15 years she has had the generator, it has kept her comfortable and able to stay home and weather many power outages, including an ice storm that left her without power for 12 days.

Family momentos. While not essential to your survival, having one central location to store your family momentos like photos and marriage license is ideal. If you are facing a wildfire you may have only a short time to pack your belongings and evacuate. Having everything together will save you time.

A fire-proof safe. Keep all of your important financial documents in a fire-proof safe. You will have them all in a secure location, and the safe can keep them protected in the event of several natural disasters such as wild fires or floods.

Natural disasters are going to occur; to keep your family safe, make sure you have all of the essentials available and in one location. For your creature comforts, other more pricey items such as a generator, can help you weather the storm more easily.

What other items would you recommend people keep in their emergency preparedness kit?

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10 Responses to “8 Items to Have in Your Emergency Preparedness Kit”

  1. Kath Golden says:

    Having a first aide kit on hand along with towels and blankets are essential in the event of unclement weather.

  2. Kath Golden says:

    Having a first aide kit on hand with some towels and blankets are essential items needed during inclement weather. *Keep Calm~~~

  3. zapeta says:

    Great advice. You should definitely have 72 hours worth of food, water, and medication stored in your emergency kit. Depending on the size of the kit you want to make, you should also pack a few days worth of clothes. It’s also helpful to have stuff like work gloves and some basic tools so you can shut off gas and water.

  4. I see first aid kit has already been taken – it’s a must have.

    I would also keep a deck of cards to have some fun while you’re waiting… 5 handed Sheepshead anyone?

  5. Nancy says:

    CASH! We live in Michigan and were vacationing in West Virginia when the huge storm hit several weeks ago. Without cash, I don’t know how long it would have taken us to get home. When we found the few gas stations that had a generator, they couldn’t take credit cards.

    Another suggestion: Glow sticks—one can really light up a room.

  6. Missy Miss Miss says:

    A little currency and a phone list of important contacts are in our kit. A memory stick with copies of photo’s. We have photocopies of our passports, driving licences, birth and marriage certificates in a ziplock sandwich bag too. We work on the idea “if you got it, you probably won’t need it” safety net.

    • Shirley says:

      “~~ photocopies of our passports, driving licences, birth and marriage certificates in a ziplock sandwich bag.”
      Thanks, Missy. That’s one I hadn’t thought about.

  7. Steve says:

    And remember the WW2 British watchwords…”keep calm and carry on”.

  8. Fabclimber says:

    You also need the means to protect yourself when someone else wants the 8 itmes you prepared.

  9. Ray Boeyenga says:

    Nothing like learning after life’s lessons. Great tips for the kits. I would add long term food storage items like dehydrated and freeze dried foods. Something with a long shelf life.
    Steve has it right because after you have prepared, “keep calm and carry on”.

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