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How to make an emergency kit for your home. Keep your family safe and ready for emergencies by preparing ahead of time. This reduces panic and stress when problems come up. Don’t miss the easy to use checklist at the bottom to help you keep organized.
It doesn’t matter where you live, emergencies always happen.
Depending on the area you live in you may have the risk of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, snowstorms, ice storms, or simply long-lasting power outages.
Then there are global problems like recessions and pandemics that can cause long-lasting problems for families.
But being prepared can help your family live better through difficult times.
It’s not about hiding things away because you are scared of the future but about being wise and preparing to take care of your family before problems happen.
Too often we live with a feeling that “those things” happen to others but not me. Why?
Because it’s part of human nature to not want to think about problems. We naturally want to think that everything will be ok and just keep on living our normal lives.
But storms do happen, economic problems happen, wildfires can seem to come out of know where.
I’ve always been a believer that it’s better to be prepared than sorry.
So take a little time to build an emergency kit for your family and it will give you peace of mind knowing that you are ready for problems if and when they come up.
This list of helpful items below are great ideas to have in your family’s emergency preparedness kit.
Start with the ones that best fit your family’s needs based on where you live and what problems you can see happening in your area.
First, you’ll need a place to store your kit. It’s best to keep everything in one place as much as possible.
You’ll want to have 2 gallons (4L) per person per day. This is enough to cover drinking needs as well as cooking and cleaning for each person.
Next to water non-perishable food is the most important thing in your emergency kit.
If you are making a 72-hour kit then simply storing some energy bars could be enough. But for a longer emergency, you’ll want some real food.
You can go with dehydrated meals that last for years or simply store a little extra normal canned and dried food to last a few weeks.
Protein and granola bars are a great choice for a short term emergency kit. They are lightweight and store for a long time. Pluse they come in many flavors so you can be sure even your kids will enjoy eating them.
Coffee is always near the top of my prepping list. Instant coffee is a better option then normal coffee if you are preparing for a long term power outage and don’t have a wood stove to cook on. Why? Because it’s easier to heat small amounts of water then it is to boil larger pots on most emergency cooking solutions.
Canned or boxed juice is a great option to have on hand for your kids. While large cans are cheaper to buy, smaller single serving sizes are better for emergency kits because you won’t have leftovers that require refrigeration.
Face masks are always helpful. Whether you are dealing will treating the ill or a wildfire that’s filling the air with smoke and ash covering your face to protect your lungs is a good idea. They come in a wide range of styles included ones that are washable and reusable.
Toilet paper should always be kept on hand for emergencies. While it can be bulky to store you can remove the cardboard tube from the center and flatten the rolls to make them fit into your storage container better.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Feminine hygiene products, yup gals it goes without saying you don’t want to be without these items if you can’t get to the store.
A spare toothbrush for each person and toothpaste are good to keep on hand also. Although these may be a better idea for your bug out bag since if you are staying home you likely already have your normal toothbrush.
If you are a fellow glasses wearer then keep a backup pair in your kit too. If your normal glasses get lost or broken you’ll be grateful for a spare pare.
If you are on prescription medication make sure you always have 2 week supply minimum on hand. It’s never a good idea to let your medication run out.
What if the roads are closed due to a storm and you can’t get out to pick up a refill?
Pain medication (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) and cold medication are always a must-have for any emergency kit.
In emergencies, it’s common for people to get hurt or simply it could be just bad timing that you came down with the flu when that snowstorm hit. You’ll feel much better having what you need at home already.
Garbage bags are of course helpful for storing garbage but can also be used as an emergency rain poncho or to line a bucket used as a toilet.
Clothing & Bedding
Change of clothes and update this as the seasons change.
Extra socks and undergarments are something that’s easily forgotten but you’ll be so glad you have on hand. Cotton socks are cooler in the summer heat but wool socks are warmer in the winter. Plus wool socks can be worn and dried at night an go a long time before they start to stink.
Spare shoes, make sure they are comfortable hiking or running shoes.
Manual can opener, honestly the only type of can opener that I’ve ever used.
But I know so many people who only have electric can openers in there homes. That makes it a little hard to open those cans of food that you stocked up on. Make sure to store a can opener with your canned goods.
Pocket knife or multi-tool is so helpful to have on hand. Multi-tools are my favourite because they can replace so many tools that you may need in an emergency. They are strong and take up little room in a kit too.