17 August 2011 ~ 7 Comments

Top 10 Items for Emergency Preparedness

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:

top ten emergency items

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

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7 Responses to “Top 10 Items for Emergency Preparedness”

  1. Marie 21 November 2011 at 9:11 am Permalink

    Great information – we all could really save our families a lot of grief if we would just become prepared. We really should not be waiting on the government for help.

  2. Dan 22 August 2012 at 8:33 pm Permalink

    did anyone else feel a tremor last night? I’ve been watching the news, but there hasn’t been anything on it. I’m kind of thinking about going to Home Depot and putting together an emergency kit or buying one online from Quake Safe Kits. Anyone have any suggestions for me? Thanks, d

  3. Heike 23 August 2012 at 1:36 pm Permalink

    Hello, Dan! We hope you stay safe. Here are a few tips for a preparedness kit, but we have a lot more tips on our blog. http://blog.etoncorp.com/index.php/2012/03/preparednesskit/


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