Natural disasters seem to be happening on a regular basis around the world. While these tragedies are deeply saddening and unimaginable, it is a good reminder to be prepared. Everyone should have an emergency supply kit in their home and in their car. I made our home emergency kit several years ago after going through a major earthquake in California. I made our car emergency kit after hundreds of local motorists were stranded in a snow storm last year.
There are Pre-made Emergency Kit that you can buy or you can put one together yourself.
The basics of what you need:
- Food- canned (I bought cans with a pop-top lid) and non-perishable items (protein bars)
- Spare batteries
- Plastic sheeting and tape (I have several large plastic bags in mine)
- First Aid Kit
- Masks for poor air quality
- Basic tools- wrench, pliers, screw driver
Additional Items I Included:
- Food for our dogs and cat
- Lighters or matches
- Feminine Products
- Personal Hygiene (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
Make sure to go through your emergency kit every year. As I looked through mine I realized that some items are expired and need to be replaced. For my car, I don’t keep all of the above items. I keep a smaller version that contains a first aid kit, blanket, flashlight, batteries, protein bars, a lighter and a small bottle of water.
Find out more about being prepared at Ready.gov.
Do you have a disaster preparedness kit? Please leave a comment if you have other items you recommend including!