I thought it critical to talk about getting your disaster emergency kit updated today. Yes, you may be thinking about 72-hour kits or bug out bags, they are one in the same. Now, here’s the deal, you may or may not have to leave your home. Either way, we need these items in our disaster emergency kit. Here in Utah, we have had so many fires people have been evacuating their homes and some have lost their homes, it is so sad and devastating. I have heard about fires in several other states, particularly California. Some have been human-started, some may have been started by lightning.
Sometimes, we need a friendly reminder to get at least these items in our home ready to use or take with us. Of course, the more you have right now the better off you’ll be.
10 Items You Need In Your Disaster Emergency Kit
The very first thing you will need will always be water, the American Red Cross suggests one-gallon of water per day per person. I highly recommend four-gallons of water per person per day. Yes, that’s a lot of water. You never know if you will have to hunker down in your home or have to leave. This is why you need a plan. You need to carefully pack your belongings and make sure you have enough. You need smaller items to pack if you are going to evacuate. If you can accommodate three days worth of water per person per day in your car, have it ready to grab. Plan on water for your pet as well.
I would plan on a minimum of three days worth of food if you need to evacuate. Keep your pantry stocked with food for at least 30 days or more, you may need it if you are homebound. Please add a can opener to your food allotment as well as paper plates, plastic silverware, and a few paper towels. If I need to evacuate I am eating foods that do not need cooking. I’m not hauling a butane stove to the school or church in my neighborhood. Please choose the foods you and your family will eat, not junk food.
I suggest cold cereal, canned beans, ravioli, beef stew, cans of fruit, green beans, and corn. These foods would not need refrigeration. Granola bars or protein bars are a great addition. Just add some of the foods you know your family will love to eat. Peanut butter and crackers are always popular.
If you have a pet, add some dog food to your 72-hour disaster emergency kit. While I’m talking about pets, make sure you have a water and food dish, a leash, and a copy of the pets’ immunizations could be very useful.
3. First Aid Kit:
If the stores are closed then the over-the-counter (OTC) medications you have this very minute in your home are the ones you can use. It may be days or weeks before stores open and make it possible for you to replenish your first aid stash. I would consider fever reducers, cough suppressants, anti-diarrhea medication, allergy medicine, and some items for cuts, and bee stings. This list is short, I have my full-fledged first aid kit list right here: First Aid Kit by Linda
If you have some Band-Aids, Neosporin, bandages, hand sanitizer, baby wipes and sunscreen you are a step ahead of the game. Please throw in some N-95 masks.
If it’s critical you have your everyday prescriptions put them in your bag. If you have to evacuate at midnight and it’s dark, be prepared to grab that extra pair of glasses.
5. Personal Hygiene Products:
This is a real quick one to put together. The next time you go to the grocery store, stock up on small containers of shampoo, conditioner, (or use the ones you bring home from hotels when you’re on vacation), toothpaste, toothbrushes, a razor, a small can of shaving cream, and a bar of soap. This is where baby wipes come in handy for cleaning our private parts. You can never have too much hand sanitizer.
6. Tools and Supplies:
You may need a small tool kit, a 4-in-1 tool to turn off water and gas lines, a sewing kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, an all-purpose knife, matches, and a small fire extinguisher, to name a few things.
7. Important Documents:
If you need to evacuate, please have all your important documents in a zippered binder. Some of the things you will want to have with you are your passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, insurance information, doctors names and phone numbers, social security cards, copies of the critical pages of your will or trust, and contact information of all your close friends and family members.
8. Cleaning Supplies:
If you have to evacuate, be sure and take some garbage bags, dish soap, a bar of soap, hand sanitizer, and bleach.
You may not be coming back to your home soon if the authorities say you are to be evacuated for days or weeks. If you have some extra underwear at the very least, then an extra shirt and socks, you can get through most anything. Having a set of clean clothes will uplift your spirit, I promise.
10. Misc. Items:
A blanket or two would be awesome. If you have some sleeping bags, those would be great. A water filter in case you run out of water from home. Be sure and have a few one and five dollar bills, etc.
Let me know what you would add to my disaster emergency kit, we all learn from each other.
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