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Creating A Basic Starter Emergency Kit

Do you have a basic emergency kit? Governments around the world are encouraging their citizens to be prepared in light of more frequent disasters, both natural and man-made (Germany, Russia). Your basic kit should include everything you need to ensure your survival for several days or until help arrives.

Drinking Water

One of the first things that will get you into trouble in any type of disaster or emergency is sawyerwaterfilterdehydration. Make sure you have safe drinking water for several days stored. A good alternative or addition is a small water filtration system you can use on unsafe water sources to extend drinking water. I have the Sawyer portable water filter. It can filter up to a 100,000 gallons of water and includes a cleaning plunger to periodically clean off the filter.

Food and Accessories

Next, it’s good to have at least some emergency food rations. This is particularly important if you have small children, pregnant or nursing women, elderly, or anyone with diabetes or low blood sugar in your family. They can make it even fewer days or hours with food than you can. Keep some easy, ready to eat food on hand like granola bars, nuts, and canned foods. Make sure you have any tools or accessories you need to open the food containers and utensils to eat with. Manual can openers can be super cheap. I suggest keeping 2 of the really cheap ones in your evacuation bin just in case one breaks.sosrationsemergencybars

Focus on food items that won’t perish quickly and that can be eaten cold in a pinch. Chances are power will be out and you’ll have no way to cook or heat the food you’ll be eating. Something like these S.O.S. Rations emergency bars would be good. They’re compact, have a lot of calories, and will help keep you alive until you can get to something better (note: doesn’t taste like candy, if you know what I mean).

Radio, Flash Light, and Cellphone

Next, let’s talk about small electronics, or electric, hand-cranked devices. You want to be able to get the information you need and see where you’re going. A good flashlight with long battery life is aacuriteweatherradio must, as is a small weather radio. This can be battery operated or hand-cranked. I previously mentioned this battery- and ac-powered weather radio that we have. We’ve had it since 2012 and have not had any problems with it. If you’re using battery operated devices having a spare set of batteries in your kit is always a good idea.

Last but not least, when disaster strikes, grab your phone and charger, if possible. You want to be able to get in touch with loved once as soon as possible. I recommend also keeping a paper copy of your contact list in your evacuation bin.

First Aid Kit

Afirstaidkit small first aid kit that includes bandages, alcohol wipes, Band-Aids, scissors, and some basic pain medicine is another must have. Make sure it also includes any medication you take regularly. If you have family members with severe allergies, antihistamines or even an epi-pen may be an important and potentially life-saving addition. You can start with a commercial kit and then build on it according to your family’s needs.

Assorted Tools

There are various tools that may come in handy in an emergency. A good knife is a must and can come in handy in a variety of different ways. A wrench or pair of pliers is handy if you need to turn of utilities in an emergency. A multi-tool can have myriad uses. Last but not least, consider adding a whistle and flashing light or emergency flares to your tool kit so you are able to alert rescuers to your location.

Also include a few days worth of clothes and basic hygiene items for each family member. Remember to change these clothes out seasonally and as sizes change!

You may not be able to get everything right away, but getting anything is better than getting nothing!

PS. I have the bin in the featured image. It’s 27 gallons, professional grade and you can find it here.

Preparing Children For Evacuation – Link Love!

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I saw a blog post called “How to Prepare your Children for an Evacuation” by itsamystery. In it she talks about introducing children to the ideas and practicalities of evacuating. She has a great idea–impromptu camping!

Impromptu camping is a great way to test out your evacuation box or tote as well as get the kids a little more prepared to be able to leave the house in a timely fashion if the need arose.

Another thing she brings up is important for the kids as well as the adults–exercise. She points out that kids (I’ll add adults, too) may not used to hiking or walking around for long distances with a backpack on. In both camping and evacuating, that’s not the time for the parents to be the pack-mules. Everyone needs to be ready and able to help out.

Overall, several good tips and a nice, quick read. Check it out!

Be Prepared For Local Natural Disasters

naturaldisasterfeaturedNatural disasters appear in all parts of the world, and no matter where you live, chances are that you will encounter several of them throughout your lifetime. Depending on where you live, they may happen, or at least threaten your home much more frequently. It’s easy to see why it is important to be prepared for them.

The first thing you need to know is what type of emergencies and disasters you can expect in your area. We can all be affected by fire and winter storms that shut down roads and power are likely across the country as well. From there it depends on where you live. Where we live, the worst I’ve seen is a couple feet of snow and flooding (separately). Your town may be prone to flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoon, earth quakes and the likes. Do floodyour homework, watch the news, talk to your neighbors and figure out what natural disasters you should prepare for. A great source for information is your local government, particularly emergency services. Many will not only be able to make you aware of any dangers, but also have brochures, plans, and other resources that will help you prepare for any eventuality.

Once you know what natural disasters you can expect where you live, it’s time to learn how to best respond to them. Will you likely wait things out in your home, or will you be required to evacuate? Are there emergency shelters or evacuation routes you should be aware of? I know it’s man-made, but while you’re at it, it may be a good idea to try to find out if there are fallout shelters nearby and their capacity (check out the news about Russia, folks!).

Once you have the basics down, figure out a plan for securing your home, yard, and vehicles depending on the disaster. What can you do to make sure your property has the best possible chance to come out of the disaster undamaged? If you’re in an area prone to flooding, having sand bags on hand can be invaluable. Again, what you need will greatly depend on where you live and what natural disaster you can expect.

Having a good emergency kit that includes food, water, medication, first aid kit, flash light, radio, and a few tools is a good idea. Every household should have a kit that’s kept in good order and is easyemergencytote to reach in an emergency. Our local EMS recommended a large plastic tote to hold the emergency kit during a talk they gave. I bought one that was similar in size to what they had; mine is a 27-gallon “professional box” that has places you can put a padlock through.

Make sure you are aware of the potential threats as early as possible so you can prepare. Set up alerts on your phone (ping4alerts for iPhone here), sign up for local emergency preparedness emails (check with your local EMS or fire department), and keep an eye on the news and social media if you think there is a potential for a disaster. The earlier you know the better you can react and prepare. Listen to local authorities and don’t hesitate to evacuate should the need arise. Things can be replaced, people can’t.