There are a lot of thoughts about emergency kits and what should be stored inside your duffle bag or Tupperware container, but one thing is for sure – you should definitely have one. Although the odds may say that the possibility of having a natural disaster or other emergency occur is unlikely, it is important to have supplies ready in case you are left without the basic amenities that are necessary. When preparing your emergency kit, there are some definite items you should have available:
Supply of Water – Have at least a gallon of water per day per person available. You should have enough water, but not so much that it weighs your emergency kit down too much.
Non-Perishable & Freeze Dried Food – Stock up on food that won’t go bad for a long, long time. Freeze dried food lasts for decades and can be a great substitute for all of those canned foods if you are left for a few days without a main source for food.
Credit Cards / Money – Just because a natural disaster had occurred doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have money ready in case of an emergency. Having a credit card with a decent limit is also a good idea.
Medical Supplies – During the course of a disaster or even afterwards, injuries can happen and dealing with them immediately is better than waiting. Have a first aid kit stocked with the basics (bandages, etc.) and some extras (CPR mask, etc.)
Hand Crank Solar Radio – You will need to hear any emergency broadcasts as they are available, so having a radio that can be powered by the sun and/or your arm strength is an excellent idea.
Clothing – Having a few sets of clothing can’t hurt, especially when you may have to walk to a shelter or other rest area in case of dire circumstances.