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Turn on the news and all we hear about is the devastation from recent hurricanes and the threat of new storms is looming on the horizon. However, no matter the time of year, we as parents and homeowners should always be prepared for an emergency. If your hometown was hit by bad weather or power outages would you be prepared? Do you have prepared Emergency Kits?
I want to help you feel more confident in case of an emergency and to do that I am going to tell you what my emergency kit contents are. It is important to have a plan in place before the emergency hits, that way you are not wasting valuable time pulling your information together.
I took a few minutes to pull together my items needed in an emergency and put them all together in a tote so that if I lose power I don’t have to stumble around in the dark looking for individual items, everything is already in one place.
2.Hand Crank Radio with Flashlight–This allows you to be able to tune into your local radio stations so that you can hear important weather related news, plus it also allows you to pass the time with some music. It also gives you an alternative light source that does not need batteries. You just crank the handle and it powers up.
3. LED Lantern–A good lantern is a must because it will provide adequate lighting in dark situations, which if you have kids you know is key to keeping them calm–sitting in the dark is not fun for kids. I really like the Coleman Quad Lantern because the lights pull off around it so that you then have individual flashlights that recharge once you put it back on the lantern base. Having their own light source helps my kids stay calm and adds to the fun, camping feel during power outages. You also want to make sure you have extra batteries in case the outage is an extended one. You don’t want your lantern to lose power and not have any batteries on hand.
4.glow sticks— while this might seem like an odd addition to your emergency kit I find that if I hook a glow stick to my kid it serves two purposes-one is that it makes the situation seem more fun and less scary, and two, it makes it easier to keep track of my kids in the dark.
5. A manual can opener and some easy to prepare foods– I keep cans of tuna, granola bars and boxed macaroni and cheese just for this purpose. They are easy to prepare, don’t involve having to open the refrigerator(which keeps the food inside colder longer) and involve minimal preparation time and cleanup. I am lucky that I have a fireplace so I can just boil the water for the mac and cheese in my fireplace or you can just as easily boil it on your gas or propane grill. I also keep a stash of paper plates and plastic utensils in my emergency tote because I won’t be able to wash dishes.
6.Duraflame Firelogs— because I have a real fireplace in my home I stock up on these logs at the beginning of each winter. It is a great alternative heat source and really comes in handy during power outages. If you don’t have a fireplace then you will need to invest in another heat source like a Kerosene Heater.
7. Baby wipes– If the power goes out and you don’t have water you are going to need to use wipes to clean up yourself and your family. Make sure to put a package or two in your emergency kit.
8. Jugs of water–Did you know that FEMA recommends that you keep at least a gallon of water per person, per day aside? While I don’t keep quite that much, I do put a few gallons of water aside so that we have clean drinking water during our power outages. Also, if there is some warning about an impeding storm I also fill buckets and my tub with water so that I can flush my toilets–because again, I have a well so I don’t have running water during power outages.
9.Books, Games, Puzzles, Crayons– These are great to keep kids occupied, especially if you have items in your kit that your kids have never seen before or haven’t played with in some time.
10. Family Communication Plan–remember if the power goes out and you are unable to charge your phone you need to have access to your contact names and information. You can print out a list to use and put in your emergency box by visiting FEMA’s website or by clicking here. Also, make sure to have a plan in place for elderly members of your family or your family pets.
11. Family Medicines–make sure to keep a few days supply of any medicines your family may take on a regular basis.
12. Toiletry items–toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash etc. If you have to take your kit with you and leave your house these small items will make you feel more like yourself.
13. Feminine products and diapers–again, if you have to leave your house you will be happy to have extras of these items with you.
14. Copies of all important documents like birth certificates, marriage license, household paperwork, medical records should go in a sealed ziplock bag and be placed in your emergency kit.
15. Cash in small bills and rolled quarters
Want to pull together your own emergency kit? Visit Ready.gov for more information or click here for some tips.