No matter where you live, what your personal situation is, or what type of disasters you may be facing, there are some basic supplies everyone should have on hand “just in case”. Here are five things that you should stock and store at all times to have disaster kits ready at all times.
Five Supplies That Should Be in Your Disaster Kits
Let’s start with the most important and most urgent item on the list – water. You can make it a surprisingly long time without food, power, and all sorts of other stuff. You can’t make it very long without a reliable source of drinking water.
We’ve become so reliant on our faucets that it’s easy to forget that we should store water for a few days whenever something happens. One of the first things you should do when you’re prepping for an looming emergency is to store water. Buy a few bottles or gallons at the store, or fill up containers at home.
While we can go a surprisingly long period of time without food, involuntary fasting isn’t particularly pleasant. Keep a few ready to eat foods in your pantry at all times including peanut butter, crackers, and canned foods that you can eat without heating. Stick with items that you eat on a regular basis, so you can rotate through this food store and don’t risk having it go bad.
Start to stock up if the time of year approaches where natural disasters can occur. Don’t forget to bring some of this emergency food supply with you when you need to evacuate. You can’t always rely on others to provide you with food and stores and restaurants along the way may be closed.
Devices and Batteries
Make sure to have a radio and a set of spare batteries with it as well. This is important because you will need the latest weather updates as well as news. Don’t rely on your phone and the internet as your only source for information. The network could go down or overload. This makes an important backup.
Flash Light And Batteries
Things always seem worse in the dark, don’t they? And not just that. It can be dangerous to move around outside, or even inside your home without a reliable source of light. Candles will work in a pinch, but they also bring the risk of setting your surroundings on fire. Instead, make sure your kit includes several flashlights and spare batteries.
Having a few spare tools may also come in handy.
First Aid Kit
Do you have a first aid kit? The size of your kit will depend on the size of your family. Start with a standard kit available at your local store and then add any and all medications you and your loved ones take and need. Check this kit and the rest of your disaster supplies regularly to make sure you’re prepared when you need to grab your supplies and leave quickly.
Are you ready with your disaster kits for whatever may come? Keep your families safe and be prepared.
I am ready with a kit, a few years back we had a power failure and felt trapped in our building and went days without heat and quickly ran out of food supply.