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If the last two weeks have taught us anything, it’s that you never know when disaster will strike. In the past twenty days, we’ve seen forest fires to the west, an earthquake in Mexico and hurricanes to the south. With tragedy affecting families all over the country and the world, now is the time to send resources to those in need and prepare ourselves for our own emergencies that may come up.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly half of all US adults do not have a plan in place in the event of an emergency. Would you fall into that category? If so, there’s never been a better time to think ahead by developing an emergency supply kit. Below is a list of items that you’ll need:
- At least a 3-day supply of food and water
You likely won’t have time to run to the grocery store before a possible emergency, which is why it’s so important to have a supply readily available. Plan on going through one gallon of water per person, per day. When stocking food, be sure to find items that are easy to make and won’t spoil like canned items and dry pastas. (Don’t forget about your furry friends; make sure that you have enough food and water for each of your pets!)
- Manual can opener
- Basic kitchen utensils
- At least a 3-day supply of all medication
- Personal care items
If a disaster occurs, you may not have the luxury of taking a hot shower, but you’ll want to make sure you have the sanitary essentials like soap, baby wipes, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- First aid kit
- Emergency blanket
- Multipurpose tool
- Cell phone with chargers
In today’s world, cell phones have replaced radios for many people. If you plan to receive emergency updates with your mobile phone, you’ll want to stay charged up and ready. A powerbank could save the day, if you lose electricity.
- Copies of important documents like insurance policies and other vital records
Of course, emergencies are not always predictable so you’ll need to make sure all of these important documents stay safe. Consider investing in a fireproof lock box, a safety deposit box or a three-ring binder with sleeves.
- Extra cash
- Area maps
- Extra set of house keys or car keys
This is a preliminary list that you should utilize to get your emergency supply kit started. Unfortunately, one-size does not always fit all; you may need additional supplies to ensure your entire family is ready. For children, this may include games and activities; for pets, your kit may include transport items and cleaning supplies. Please visit this link for a complete list of items to fill up your emergency preparedness kit.
Here at Lions Pride, we don’t think there is such a thing as being too prepared. While we understand that it may be time consuming initially, the benefits definitely outweigh the costs. Take the time to prepare now and thank yourself later. Stay safe out there!