Disaster Kits

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Disaster kits are essential, especially if you live in a city or town that has been through a number of natural disasters such as snowstorms, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes or spontaneous brush fires.

Not knowing when disaster will strike next can keep you on edge. This is where having a kit that will take care of you in the event of a emergency becomes very useful in giving you peace of mind. Both Red Cross and FEMA suggest that in the event of a disaster, you have prepared a kit for survival that is located in an accessible area in your home.

Disaster kits need to contain emergency food, water and supplies for two weeks. There are available containers that you are able to seal and reseal in order to better access and handle your supplies.

When it comes to food, you will need a marker to put on dates so you will know when it needs replacing. Pack the food in sturdy containers of plastic and watertight bags.

A great choice for disaster kits would be canned food. You can purchase vegetables, fruits and meat that are ready-to-consume. You might also want to include powdered milk, soup, boxed or canned juice and peanut butter, which is a great protein source.

More good ideas for disaster kits include trail mixes, cereal, bars of granola and crackers. Instant tea, coffee, spices, salt, sugar and pepper as well as a can opener are great things to add.

You can also include a first aid ready-made kit in preparing for disasters, as well as emergency supplies and tools. These include flashlights, radios, televisions that run on batteries, a weather radio by NOAA, pliers, plastic sheeting, a wrench, duct tape, fire extinguishers, pens, sewing supplies, sanitary supplies like paper towels, toilet paper, bleach and traveler’s checks or cash.

When it comes to preparing water, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that one gallon per person for each day is the minimum.

You can purchase stored tap water or bottled water that is available in metal containers that have been lined with enamel, fiberglass and washed plastic. Containers need to be sanitized with ten parts water and one part bleach before use.

If the tap water in your home is treated commercially, you can use this if you are sure it hasn"t been contaminated. As for water in a well or public water that is untreated, the instructions for treatment are available from the services for public health in your community.

Seal the containers for water tightly, and write the date on each of them. Store these in a dark, cool place and keep in mind that you need to refresh them every twenty-four weeks.

If you have your own well it will sometimes go through electrical outages, and a good idea might be to keep water in large amounts in order to flush out toilet matter and also for general clean ups. The grocery store departments of bakery receive frosting in buckets that are covered and will give you these buckets for free. There are also buckets available from cat litter which you can use. You can look around the hardware store in your community for available products that come in buckets, or just buckets alone you may be able to purchase.

Instructions on the internet will help create great disaster kits that will be sure to come in handy in the event unforeseen emergencies happen.