How To Make Your Own Emergency Preparedness Kit
As we witness all of these horrific natural disasters that keep affecting countries around the world, it is only natural to contemplate emergency preparedness for ourselves and our family. Being prepared for an emergency involves a culmination of many different supplies and ideas. While creating an all-inclusive list of emergency supplies is almost impossible, it is reasonable to gather a few emergency supplies so that they will be available, should you ever need them in the future. One of the most basic things you can get is an emergency food supply kit. These emergency kits have a lot of shelf stable emergency foods in a plastic tub or metal box, and includes a few different forms of food, such as vegetables, soups, powdered drink mixes and freeze dried fruits. While an emergency food kit will not last forever, it can certainly sustain you for several days until you are able to get help.
You may also want to consider getting some type of energy source, such as a small generator. There are many portable generators that you can choose from that can provide you with enough power to have electricity. You may not be able to get enough power to make an entire household functional, but a portable generator can definitely give you what you need to power your necessities, such as your radio or lights, although not necessarily both at the same time. If youâ€™re not sure what type to buy, you can look into getting a portable generator for camping. These generators can be obtained for a reasonable cost, and should be stored in a safe place for use in the event of an emergency. Additionally, a good rechargeable flashlight with an extra set of batteries is great to use for portable lighting, so that you can see in the dark. In the event of a power outage, your fliashlight may become your best friend.
Pack away some warm clothing in a waterproof bag or container. This bag of clothing will be reserved for emergency use only, and should include a few extra pairs of socks, undergarments, sweatshirts and warm clothing. It is also a wise idea to include a few towels and a warm blanket. Your blanket can be used to sleep on, and provide a barrier between you and the ground. The towels can be used to dry you off, to prevent you from losing too much body heat. Hypothermia can quickly cause your body to deteriorate and should be avoided by using aggressive prevention measures. Keeping your body warm and dry is the first step towards preventing losing too much body heat.
If you donâ€™t already have some, purchase enough drinking water to sustain you for several days. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water, per person, per day. Gallons of water can be cumbersome and difficult to store, but should the situation ever arise where you need this bottled water to survive, it will be well worth the hassle.
It is also a good idea to add an emergency first aid kit to your emergency preparedness kit. A good emergency kit will have trauma dressings, bandages, ace bandages, tweezers, a sling, gauze and other materials to help control bleeding. Remember, the goal of a first aid kit is temporary treatment of an injury, as opposed to long term definitive treatment. Some first aid kits have water purification tablets, that can come in handy, should you run out of drinking water.
This is a very basic breakdown of a few things that you should include in your emergency preparedness kit. One of the biggest challenges is not using the things that you have gathered unless an emergency arises. If you use your emergency items periodically, chances are that you will not have them available if and when you do need them for a true emergency. Feel free to add any additional items that you deem necessary for your emergency preparedness kit so that you will have everything you need ready when you need it.