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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Create Your Own Family Emergency Kit | Family Economics

By Trisha

Years ago I bought a very large storage container and filled it with all the items my family would need in case of an emergency and stored it next to my garage door for easy access. Over the years I have emptied out expired items but never remember to refill it. After this past year of observing several natural disasters in our world I am reminded once again of the importance of being prepared. This means it is time to replenish the large storage container and have a family emergency kit ready to use.

Is your family prepared for a natural disaster? If not, join me and let’s start filling our containers with supplies we will need in case of an emergency.

Gather the below items to store in your family emergency kit:
• Two copies of your family emergency plan. If you don’t already have a family emergency plan, click here for a free downloadable plan: 
• Personal identification for each family member
• Extra copies of family health records, list of prescriptions and insurance papers
• Pen and Paper
• A minimum of $20
• Spare set of car and house keys
• Whistle to help signal for help
• Local maps
• First-aid kit and manual, including: 
  - Sterile gloves, bandages, soap, and ointment, burn ointment, eye wash, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, stomach analgesics and a laxative
• Prescription and nonprescription medicines for at least three days, and an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses
• Three gallons of water per person
• A three-day supply of ready-to-eat nonperishable foods, such as:
  - Protein and granola bars
  - Trail mix or dried fruit
  - Crackers and cereals 
  - Canned tuna, beans, turkey, beef, sausage, etc 
  - Canned juice
  - Candy or gum
• Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
• Manual can opener
• Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Flares and a lighter
• Extra cell phone charger
• Tools (wrench or pliers) to turn off utilities
• Personal hygiene items
• One comfort item per child (a teddy bear or other toy)
• Pet supplies (food, water, pet carrier, collar or leash)
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes for each family member
• Sunscreen and insect repellent

What items will you pack in your family emergency kit?

4 Comments so far

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On Friday, December 28, 2012, Karen from Gumma's Place wrote

Thank you for the great Tips!

On Monday, January 24, 2011, M in Tacoma wrote

Thanks for reminding me I need to do this ASAP....hoping I NEVER have to use it!

On Thursday, December 30, 2010, Chris from Lakewood wrote

Thank you for the great tip Trisha, You are always so helpful.

On Thursday, December 23, 2010, melissa from TX wrote

Phone numbers that we may have stored in our cell phones but don't necessarily remember if we're put on the spot just in case we were to end up without our cell phone.


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