Mothers Like to have emergency kits readily available but single individuals and couples should also take the time to plan for emergencies. Some people choose to create a large emergency pack that they keep in their home and a second, smaller pack that they can take with them if they need to leave the house in a hurry. A small emergency pack can be stored in a vehicle and can be brought along on camping trips or other excursions.
Many people choose a plastic or metal container to hold their emergency supplies, but a backpack is the most practical option because someone can easily carry it with them if needed. Once a person chooses a container or backpack, it is time to stock it full of emergency supplies. Non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, canned tuna, beef jerky and power bars are all great emergency foods. Many of today's cans come with pull-tab tops, but people should remember to pack a can opener if needed. People should pack a canteen for water as well as a durable metal water bottle. It is crucial to pack a water filter and purification tablets that will sanitize water.
Although people only need to have pure water in order to survive, most people place tea bags, hot chocolate, sugar, powdered milk, coffee and fruit drink mix in their emergency pack so they will have several drink options available. People should place food and drinks in a sturdy, insulated bag to separate the items from other supplies. Utensils can be stored with the food and drinks or placed in a separate section. People should pack a fork, spoon and knife. Metal utensils are a better option than the plastic versions, which can easily break. A reliable metal cup and cloth napkins are a good choice and a microwavable ceramic cup can come in handy in certain situations where microwave access is available. A small cast iron pot is perfect for boiling water or cooking food over an open fire.
It is important to pack the right medical supplies because it can be a matter of life and death in an emergency. Aspirin and Ibuprofen will provide pain relief and reduce fever. Antibiotic cream and sterile bandages can help to prevent infections, which can be deadly. Any prescription medications that are needed for medical conditions such as allergies, asthma or diabetes should be placed in the pack. Cold medicine, cough drops and medicine for upset stomachs can make someone feel more comfortable if they become sick. Mothers like to pack vitamin supplements that will provide essential nutrients. Waterproof sunblock will provide protection from the sun and insect repellant will prevent unnecessary insect bites.
A plastic drop cloth, waterproof poncho, mylar blanket and large plastic garbage bags can all provide protection against the rain and cold. People should also have a reliable pair of shoes or boots, socks, gloves and a hat that can protect them from the elements. People should pack plenty of disposable lighters and waterproof matches. A waterproof hand crank flashlight and lantern as well as a flashlight with batteries are essential during a power outage. People should also pack a hand crank AM FM radio so they can listen to emergency updates. Many of the hand crank emergency radios include a light as well. Candles provide light and can help to keep people warm in a sheltered environment.
A compass, GPS and maps can help people to keep track of their location when they are on the move. A whistle and set of emergency flares can alert a rescue team that is in the vicinity. People should also pack a pad of paper, pencils and a pencil sharpener so they can make notes if needed. A pocketknife, tweezers, duct tape, rope, pliers, safety pins, pliers and a needle can be useful for a variety of tasks. It is a good idea for people to pack identification or photocopies of identification, a small first aid manual and cash. If there is enough room in their personal emergency service pack people should pack soap, shampoo, lip balm, tissue, dental floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush.