Build Yourself an Emergency Kit

8/29/2019By Kira Hovancik

No one wants to plan for the worst, but when an emergency strikes, it is best to be prepared. We want to help you create an emergency 72-hour (or longer) kit that you’ll be able to use if there is an emergency near you. It could be an earthquake, a hurricane, a state-wide flood, or a gas explosion. You should always plan, and plan for the worst!

 

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Work in Progress

 

An emergency kit is something that you can work on and prep in a couple of hours depending on how many supplies you have on hand, or you can work on creating your family’s kit over the span of a couple of months if you need it. Some of the items listed like the personal documents and medications might take you longer to curate for your emergency kit. 

 

Creating an emergency kit is a great project to start sooner than later, but it also allows you to get the supplies at your own speed because you may not be able to buy everything for your kit in one trip to Walmart or your local supercenter. 

 

Projects like this take more time, just don’t forget about them!

 

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Basic Supplies

 

Listed below are some(not all) of the basic supplies one should have in their emergency/disaster kit.

 

  • Water: One gallon per person, per day.
  • Food: Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • First Aid Kit - add this to your Amazon cart asap!
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries - for the flashlight and any other battery-operated items in your kit
  • Maps of the area - because you might not be able to rely on Google Maps
  • Medications
  • Multi-purpose tools
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Sanitation and hygiene items - pack travel-sized items to keep your kit light in weight
  • Cell phone with chargers - track phones are a great option on a pinch
  • Family, Friends and Emergency Contact Information
  • Copies of personal documents - if you have the time to laminate these copies, that would be even better. Good documents to print out would be birth certificates, social security cards, insurance cards, passports, bank records, immunization records, etc. 
  • Extra Cash - small bills and coins work best
  • Hand-Crank Radio

 

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Now this list is subjective because what is basic to one person might be a necessity to someone else so keep that in mind when reading this list. This list is more like a guideline and if anything can lead to more inspiration to other items you might what in your disaster kit. 

 

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Extra Supplies

 

This section is pretty straight forward and contains some extra supply ideas for your disaster kit. Extra supplies are a great way to customize your kit to fit your specific family needs and if your kit can fit extra supplies. 

 

  • Baby Supplies: diapers, formula, medications
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Household Liquid Bleach
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Tool Kit
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Matches
  • Extra clothing, hats, gloves, and sturdy shoes
  • Scissors
  • Pet Supplies: collar, leash, id, water bowl, food, carrier
  • Two-way Radios
  • Whistle
  • Rain Gear

 

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If your state or county has issued an area-wide emergency, you should not take these warning lightly. The best thing to do is listen to what they are recommending and if you can leave the state or move away from the projected danger, then it is best to consider this plan an option for you and your family. Some natural disasters happen suddenly so there is not much one can do to plan for these, except creating a disaster kit for when a disaster strikes.

 

If you or someone you know has created one of these before, please share your comments and experiences in the comments section below! 

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