Having an emergency kit ready to go is another way to protect
yourself and your family. After a natural disaster it could take
several days for help to arrive.
In the meantime you and your family will have to get by without
essential services such as running water, electricity, or even
Having the right amount and combination of supplies on hand and
ready to go can make these situations safer and a little more
Putting your kit together may seem overwhelming but it isn't, especially when you have this article to use as a cheat sheet!
Remember, that ideally you will have at least 3 days worth of
these basic supplies in your emergency kit:
1. Food. You want to have a 3 day supply of non-perishable food for everyone in the family... remember to include food for your pets. And don't forget the can opener!
2.Water. Have at least 1 gallon of water for each member of the
family for each day (at least 3 gallons per person). Also extra water for your pets.
3. First aid kit
4. Flashlight with extra batteries
5. A weather radio. One that is hand cranked is great since you
don't have to worry about batteries. If you do opt for the
battery powered version make sure you have extra batteries in
6. Whistle. This can help alert rescuers to your location.
7. Dust mask. This can protect you and your family from
dangerous substances in the air.
8. Baby wipes and trash bags. These will make person hygiene
9. Basic tools. You want to be able to turn off your gas main, so make sure you have a wrench or pair of pliers.
10. Maps of your area. This can make it easier to evacuate if the primary routes are blocked.
Including these items in your kit will cover the basics, but there are still other things that can be a big help and should be included too:
1. Extra glasses and prescription medications.
2. Diapers and formula if you have an infant.
4. Books. Field guides such as a book on emergency medical
treatment can be very helpful in an emergency.
5. Blankets or sleeping bags for each member of your household.
6. At least one change of clothes for each member of the
family, this should include underwear and socks and a good pair
of shoes. Stay away from sandals or flip flops, you want
support and protection for your feet. Make sure to consider
climate. Have one set of summer and one set of winter clothes
7. Chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. You can use bleach as a
disinfectant (9 parts water to one part bleach) or, in a pinch,
you can even use it to treat water (16 drops of bleach per one
gallon of water). Don't use scented or color safe bleach. Stick
with just plain chlorine bleach.
8. Matches. Make sure they are in a waterproof container
otherwise they won't do you any good!
9. Food supplies. Paper plates, cups, plastic eating utensils
10. Books, games and activities to keep everyone (especially the
kids) occupied. Also paper and pencil.
11. Feminine supplies and baby wipes.
12. And last, but definitely not least, all your important
personal information including insurance information, bank
account numbers, etc. Make sure all your important papers are in
a water proof container.
Or, you could just upload them all to Altoserv. That way they are online safe and secure and ready whenever you are!
Keeping your emergency kit in a plastic container with wheels
will make it easy to load into your car or just keep handy
depending on the particular emergency you find yourself in.
Keeping you and your family safe starts with taking the time to
be prepared. Having a well stocked emergency kit is a great