Whether you’re preparing for the first time, preparing on a budget, or preparing for a large family – it’s crucial that you’re properly prepared. Ten essentials for your emergency kit:
1. Food – Dry, canned and non-perishable foods are most important. Make sure you have enough for everyone for at least 3 days.
2. Hand-Powered weather radio – A weather radio powered by hand-turbines or batteries (or both) is sure to keep you up on the news you need to know, even if the power is out.
3. Bottled Water – Clean, sealed bottles of water. Again, enough for everyone for at least 3 days.
4. Flashlights – In an emergency, it’s likely the power will be out and it will get dark. So make sure everyone has a battery-powered flashlight or lantern… and don’t forget extra batteries!
5. Blankets – These can help keep you warm and provide a soft place to lay when you sleep.
6. First Aid Kit – A basic kit (again with enough supplies for everyone in your family), as well as instructions on how to use it are vital.
7. Tools – Basic tools are also good to have on hand. Whether you need to turn off valves in your home, build a shelter or call attention to yourself should you become trapped.
8. Cash and Documents – Keep cash money and personal documents (passports, birth certificates, etc) in a water-proof container within your emergency kit.
9. Emergency Plan – Make sure you’ve created, practiced and stored your plan with your emergency kit.
10. Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies – Toilet paper, antiseptic wipes, personal hygiene items, and disinfectants will be needed to maintain cleanliness and protect your health