Make Your Own Emergency Packs

Make Your Own Emergency Packs

Home safety and emergency preparedness are two of the most important things to consider when stocking your home. It can be overwhelming to try to take your family’s emergency needs into account,and plan ahead for a disaster. However, it’s always better to be prepared for any eventuality. Here are some simple steps to take to ensure that your family is prepared and to help your personal peace of mind. Does this Spark an idea?

Instructions

Food & Water

1. Don’t get foods that will quickly spoil.

Purchase enough food to last your family for a minimum of three days. Purchase foods that are high in protein, such as peanut butter, preserved fruits or fruit juice, and energy bars or granola bars. Do not purchase anything in an easily broken container, such as a glass jar or a bottle. Avoid foods that may go stale or expire quickly, such as boxed cookies or crackers, loaves of bread or dairy products. Be sure to include a can opener in your kit.

2. Make sure the water is pure.

You should have enough water to last your family for at least three days. The average adult requires 2 quarts minimum per day. You should also have water purification tablets in case your plumbing is working but the water quality is compromised. Water purification tablets are available at most camping goods stores.

3. Also have eating utensils on hand. Go for paper and plastic, since they are easier to store in large quantities and are less likely to be damaged in a natural disaster.

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Medical Supplies

4. Have a first aid kit in your emergency pack.

You should have a first aid kit in your emergency pack. You can either buy one or put your own together. First aid kits are available at most drug stores. It should be a complete kit rather than a compact or travel-size kit.

5. Don’t forget your medications.

Be sure to have a back-up supply of any of your family’s medications or medical supplies, enough to last for at least three days. This includes contacts, an extra pair of glasses and spare retainers or other orthodontic equipment.

6. Keep basic hygiene in mind.

Also be sure to have basic hygiene essentials: toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes and an extra gallon or two of water so you can wash up during your disaster.

Utilities

7. Don’t be in the dark.

You should have a flashlight and batteries for it on hand in case your power goes out. Also have a pack of emergency candles and wet-strike matches in case something happens to your flashlight.

8. You should also have a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for it. If the power goes out, this will be the easiest way to connect with the outside world and keep track of what’s going on around you.

9. You might want to keep some signal flares or something similar in your kit in case you are stranded and want to signal your location to rescue workers.

10. This utility knife might come in handy.

An all-in-one tool or utility knife is helpful to have in your kit for a variety of tasks, from opening cans to first aid.

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Other Necessities

11. Have some cash.

Keep enough cash in your kit to cover about three days of necessities for your family. If there is a problem with your bank after the disaster, you can use this to buy food and water until the disaster is over.

12. You’ve got to stay warm.

Have enough clothing on hand for each member of your family for several days. Be sure to include clothing for extreme weather conditions (if applicable in your climate), such as heavy coats, rain gear and long underwear.

13. Make it as comfortable as possible.

Have sleeping bags or blankets and pillows on hand for all members of your family.