Preparedness kits are an important addition to every household. It’s hard to predict when a natural disaster, or other emergency, will occur. By always having a kit prepared, you’ll be ready for anything.
However, it’s important to make sure your kit is up-to-date. A preparedness kit doesn’t do you any good if the things in it don’t correctly serve their purpose. Make sure you regularly update yours.
As a recap, here are the top ten things we recommend having in a preparedness kit:
- Hand-powered weather radio
- Bottled water
- First Aid Kit
- Cash and documents
- Emergency Plan
10. Sanitation and hygiene supplies
As you glance through the list, you’ll notice that some of these things won’t last forever. So, a couple times a year, it’s crucial to update your kit. Here are a few things you can do:
- Check and replace the batteries in your flashlights. Also be sure you have extra batteries in your kit that aren’t expired.
- Check expiration dates on the items in your first aid kit—make sure ointments, medicines and bandages are all in good condition, and replace if they aren’t.
- Check dates on all important documents to ensure they’re still valid.
- Review your emergency plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows how to react in case of an emergency.
Updating your preparedness kit is just one more way to make sure you’re empowered by safety!
How often do you update your preparedness kit? Do you have any tips to share?