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Get Your Emergency Preparedness Kit Ready

Emergency supply kit

Are you ready for the next big storm? An emergency preparedness kit can ensure you have what you need in case an extreme weather event or natural disaster causes a power outage or requires evacuation.

Planning ahead could be vital to your safety. We looked to the experts at Ready.gov and the American Red Cross to determine what most people should have in their emergency preparedness kit.

Food

Disaster preparedness entails “having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That means you’ll need at least one gallon of water per person for three days. You’ll also need a three-day supply of nonperishable food items.

Don’t forget food and water for any pets you may have. You may want to have a separate emergency supply kit ready just for them.

LifeStraw

The LifeStraw is a personal water filter that you can use like a regular straw. It protects the user from bacteria, microplastics, parasites and more. While it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for the gallons of water you should be storing, it can be a helpful tool in emergency situations. Buy it here.

Kitchen Classic Multi-function Can Opener / Bottle Opener

A simple can opener can be your best friend if some of your food supply includes canned goods. Buy it here.

Portable Tableware Set

Dine comfortably with this UCO Six-Piece Camping Mess Kit. The kit includes a bowl, a plate, a collapsible cup and a set of utensils. The kit can be packed tight for portability, and even comes with a bungee tether to attach it to another bag. Buy it here.

WaterStorageCube Premium Collapsible Water Container Bag

Bulky and awkward water jugs could take up precious cargo space needed in an emergency situation. WaterStorageCube makes it easier to hold and transport water. Each bag in this eight-pack is 2.6 gallons, and they are also available in 1.3-gallon sizes. They can store water up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and they’re super easy to fill up and transport. Buy them here.

Clothes

Dry clothing is a storm prep essential. Ensure that every member of your family has at least one complete change of clothes, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and comfortable shoes for walking. Don’t forget underwear and socks. You’ll also need rain coats or ponchos, boots and extra pairs of any prescription glasses. If you live in an area that gets blizzards, it’s also a good idea to include warm winter coats, gloves and blankets.

Hagon PRO Disposable Rain Ponchos for Adults

Keep your family dry, safe and healthy by including this pack of five Hagon PRO Disposable Rain Ponchos in your emergency supply kit. The packages are compact and the ponchos provide full coverage, including hoods. Buy them here.

Waterproof Rubber Boots

A good pair of rain boots could make a world difference for your overall comfort and health in an emergency. Keep your feet dry with these mid-calf waterproof rubber boots. Available in a variety of styles. Buy them here.

Mylar Thermal Blankets

Stay warm with these Swiss Safe Emergency Blankets for Survival Kit – Mylar Thermal Blankets. This kit comes with four blankets, plus a bonus space blanket, which is reflective, warm and covered in gold-colored foil. These blankets are lightweight, durable, waterproof and windproof. Plus, they are designed to retain up to 90% of your body heat. Buy them here.

Emergency Tools

In addition to food and clothing, you might need to gather more specialized emergency tools. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties will help you deal with garbage and waste. Plastic sheeting and duct tape can be used to construct an impromptu shelter. Local maps are helpful if you need to get somewhere without GPS, and a comprehensive first aid kit will always be of use.

Emergency Hand Crank Radio With LED Flashlight and Phone Charger

The Emergency Hand Crank Radio is an invaluable tool in an emergency. It can be charged via USB, solar power or with its hand crank. It can give you access to light, power and important weather information. Buy it here.

UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case

If you need to strike a match, you don’t want it to be soggy. This UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case comes with 25 windproof matches and three replaceable strikers. The matches are easy to light and will even relight after being submerged in water. Buy them here.

Emergency Whistles

These LuxoGear Emergency Whistles are extra-loud so that you can use them to signal for help. You can make sure that nearby rescue crews hear you, and the bright color and attached lanyard will ensure that you’ll always know where the whistles are. Buy them here.

Surviveware Waterproof Premium First Aid Kit

This Surviveware Waterproof Premium First Aid Kit comes with 100 first aid supplies. The inner compartments are labeled and organized so the supplies are easy to find, and the package is light so it can be carried with you wherever you go. The waterproof fabric and zippers are a must-have in storm situations. Buy it here.

Personal Items and Extras

When creating your emergency and hurricane kit checklist, remember prescriptions, medical supplies and over-the-counter medicines. You will also need hygiene products, cash and important documents stored in a waterproof container. Paper and pencils could also come in handy.

Fireproof and Waterproof Money Document Bag

These Fireproof and Waterproof Money Document Bags can keep important documents protected. Buy them here.

Portable Charger With Built-in Cables

You’ll want to make sure your phone stays charged in an emergency or power outage. This Portable Phone Charger features built-in cables for both iPhones and Android phones. Buy it here.

Playing Cards

Depending on the type of situation you’re in, you might be waiting around for a long time with not much else to do. These BIERDORF Diamond Waterproof Black Playing Cards are ultra-durable, waterproof cards that can provide hours of entertainment. Buy them here.

Large Storage Box

Looking for somewhere safe to store your emergency preparedness kit? This EAST OAK 100 Gallon Large Storage Box is durable, lockable, weathertight, waterproof and rust-resistant. It can also double as a seat, since it can hold up to 660 lbs. Available in a variety of sizes. Buy it here.

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Are there any important items we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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3 Thoughts on “Get Your Emergency Preparedness Kit Ready

  1. As a veteran Boy Scout leader trained in Emergency Preparedness, I have a youth size external frame backpack as my “Go Bag” with everything in it at the ready. I also have a 5 gallon plastic water cooler bottle with a pump style attachment on top as well as a 1 1/2 gallon collapsible water container. Another item to have is a small backpacking stove as well as a folding Sterno stove with several cans of Sterno for cooking and heat. A small amount of Sterno fuel can also be used for a fire starter if needed. A Boy Scout mess kit is invaluable for cooking as well as for eating with. Coleman lanterns with a reflector provide light that can be placed outside a window to provide light without the concern for carbon monoxide. Oil lamps are good for indoor use for light as well as for additional heat in a smaller room where everyone can stay if the weather is very cold. What I did not see mentioned was the importance of having on hand the medication needed for each person that needs it. I hope this helps.

  2. I keep a sleeping bag good for 60 degrees below zero. I used it one time when I lost power and a snow storm was raging all night.. I was warm as toast all night and was lucky my power came back on just before it was time for me to get up. I also let a couple of my water faucets trickle all night so my pipes wouldn’t freeze.

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