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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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