Having a pre-assembled home safety preparedness kit is priceless when disaster strikes. And while you likely recognize the importance of being prepared with the right tools and supplies in an emergency, you don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money on frightening “what if” scenarios. The good news is… you don’t have to!
There are a ton of safety products screaming at you from the shelves that all seem like necessary items to store in your home. We’ve compiled some affordable suggestions to help you sort through the clutter.
Below are some of our suggestions for assembling your basic home safety preparedness kit for under $60.
Necessity #1: Drinking Water
The rule remains one gallon of water per person, per day. Local stores carry five-gallon refillable water jugs for around $5. Change your stored water supply every six months so that it stays fresh. Remember to store your water in a cool, dark place in your home.
Necessity #2: Food
Nonperishable food is preferred for storage. It is important to consider necessary preparation and storage of this food. The easier to prepare and store, the better! Food without necessary refrigeration, preparation, or cooking is a must. Fortunately, you can find a lot of food that meets these requirements at your local grocery store: peanut butter, crackers, beef jerky, and cookies for quick sugar. As a reminder, replace any perishable or semi-perishable food every six months to ensure freshness. Wait for deals on larger quantities of these items and buy in bulk to save some money!
Necessity #3: First Aid
Fortunately, there are a lot of affordable pre-assembled first aid kits available. Before purchasing a kit, be sure the kit includes latex gloves, antibiotic ointment, bandages, and some sort of cleansing agent such as a antibiotic cleansing towel. Many local multi-purpose stores sell full kids for around $10.
Necessity #4: Communication Tools
Emergency weather radios, flashlights, and cellphones are all necessary communication tools during an emergency situation. Many safety product manufacturers, such as Eton Corp, sell products that serve as a radio, flashlight, and cellphone charger—without the need for power to charge. Affordable products such as Eton’s Microlink FR170 will charge your phone, provide light, and allow you to listen to AM, FM, and NOAA Weather Band radio stations—all for less than $40.
In addition to these suggestions, it is always important to consider your family’s specific needs on top of the general items. If there is a young child or infant in your family, be prepared with spare formula and diapers, for example. Consider storing crucial medications such as insulin or prescription drugs.
Get the family together and compile your kit as a team! There’s no reason why you can’t make this a educational and fun experience for the entire household.
For more information on compiling preparedness kits, check out our six item suggestions for your car safety kit.