We are all aware that we should have some basic disaster preparedness items around the house in case of an emergency, but how many of us have actually taken the time to pull it all together? I know it can seem like a daunting task to tackle, which makes it very easy to put off. No more excuses - let's get this done! The peace of mind it will bring to have this done will be well worth your effort. Follow this tiered checklist to help you decide what you need - whether that's the absolute minimum of items (and storage space) possible or a ready-for-anything prepper's paradise.
Here's the idea: the basic list should fit into any small backpack or bag and can carry you through a night sans power and water. If your family has extra needs, such as pets or babies, or you want to be a little more prepared for a larger scale emergency, allocate some extra time to gathering (and extra space to storing) the basic items plus the items in one or both of the other categories. Officials recommend having enough supplies on hand to sustain your family for at least 72 hours.
Let's get started.
Level 1: Basic
Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day)
Non perishable snacks
Flashlight and extra batteries
First Aid kit
Copies of identity cards and insurance information
Level 2: Pretty Prepared
Baby formula/food and diapers
Whistle to signal for help
A change of clothes for all members of the family
Cans of food and can opener or freeze dried food
Battery operated radio
Level 3: Super Prepper
Paper/acrylic/plastic plates, cups, and silverware
Map of local areas
For more ideas, as well as information about how to create a disaster preparedness plan for your family, visit ready.gov or American Red Cross. Officials recommend creating emergency kits for your home, work, and car. Once you have your kits in place, take a look at them once a year to replace any items that have expired and to re-think your family's current needs.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling more prepared already. Let's do this!
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