Emergency Preparedness Supplies

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Emergency preparedness helps people deal with disasters more effectively. The first step to emergency preparation is to get adequate emergency preparedness supplies. This is a very important factor in a survival situation and could possibly save your life as well as everyone in your household.

Prepare a Kit

The backbone of emergency preparedness is an adequate food and water supply. Ideally, one should go for foods that do not require cooking or refrigeration. These include Granola bars, dried fruit, canned foods such As Tuna, beans, Turkey, Vienna, sausages and beef, canned juice and water. Regular cans hold up much better than pop top cans. 4 liters of water per person would be just about adequate for 72 hours. One must also remember to include powdered infant formula if there is a baby and pet food if there is a pet.

Bedding and clothing should also be included in your emergency preparedness supplies. The Kit must include a change of clothing for every individual including a shirt, pants, jacket, sock, underwear and a rain coat. Necessary beddings include blankets especially emergency heat blankets or solar blankets if available, cloth sheets and plastic sheets.

Fuel and light should also be included. These may include flash lights or lamps with extra batteries, flares, candles, lighters and water proof matches. A radio which does not need batteries or electricity to run would also be useful in getting information. Other equipment necessary includes things like can openers, a shovel, pen and paper, Rope and duct tape.

Personal supplies and medication must not be left out of your emergency preparedness supplies. It would be great to have a first aid kit in case of an injurt. Important toiletries include a flattened roll of toilet paper in zip lock bag, feminine hygiene supplies, cloth diapers and folding tooth brushes. An adequate supply of cleaning supplies could help to maintain hygiene and prevent an outbreak. These should include a hand sanitizer, unscented soap, shampoo and dish soap. Unscented soap will not flavor food items like scented soap.

Some medication such as Ibuprofen and children’s medication might also come in handy. Individals who are taking prescription medication should include at least 3 days worth in the kit.

Emergency preparedness supplies must also include important documents such as copies of social security cards and birth certificates, insurance papers, marriage certificates, bank accounts, credit cards, tax returns from the previous year, address books and prescriptions. It is also important to have some cash (about $500) in the kit. Emergency kit checklists are available on the internet to insure nothing is left out.

All these supplies can be stored in two tightly sealed bins. The first bin should contain the most important items that one cannot afford to leave behind. The second bin may contain things that are much less important. The first bin should be kept in a place where it is easily accessible. The kit must be checked every 6 to 8 months and things like water and food replaced.