Now that we’ve spent time arming our cars and purses with mini emergency preparedness kits, we need to think of our homes. If you had to leave your home because of some unforeseen emergency, right now, would you have the right tools to take care of you and your family?
Make a pack that you can grab at a moments notice. Place it where you can grab it on your way out whether that be near a back door, front door, etc… We also have one in our car.
Here’s a sample list of immediate items to have that might not be in your car:
* change of clothes & shoes (we saved old shoes, the younger children can wear the older ones shoes in a pinch)
* bottled water (we have a box of capri sun drinks as well)
* a small blanket or two
* non perishable snacks for as many as are in your family (we have dried fruits, oats, & cereals)
* maybe a couple of reading books
* wind-up and battery operated radio
Use with the emergency kits you have in your car & purse.
I’ve listed some that got 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 stars on Amazon.
You will want to research a little to see which kit matches your family’s needs best.
April 2014 Update: I purchased new emergency kits (for two) that are easy to carry. Next I have a blue bin to keep other necessary items that were not in the kits. I have food for me (due to severe food allergies) that can be stored for up to 3 years because I cannot eat the food in the kits.
I’m going through the garage this week to make things more accessible and will pack a larger bin with warm clothing, shoes, socks, and more water in case we have to evacuate after an earthquake or other disaster.
Here’s a link to more information: Red Cross Preparedness
DISCLAIMER: This article is the opinion of Susie Glennan and The Busy Woman. We are not professionals or experts in the area of emergency preparedness. This is in no way a full or complete list. You should read your local Government website or contact them if you want professional information for your area.
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