How to Start an Emergency Preparedness Kit
In Louisiana, the main weather event we have to be prepared for every year is hurricane season. This lasts from June to November. But, due to the nature of the weather we have been having all across the nation, I thought it would be a good idea to write about how to put together an emergency preparedness kit that will help you in a variety of situations. I should note that this is based on my experiences from the last time we had a severe tropical storm that cut our power out for several days. The list I am writing will help get you started but it’s highly open to customization. For another option, you can purchase ready made kits from companies such as My Patriot Supply.
- Bottled water, at least 2 gallons. Add more if you will need it to make formula for infants.
- Canned food that will be in date for the next 2-3 years
- A manual can opener
- Matches or lighter
- A radio for hearing weather updates. A weather radio is recommended since sometimes signals for broadcast radio stations can go down in strong winds. A weather radio will ensure you can hear what’s going on at all times since it doesn’t use those broadcast stations.
- A lantern
- Candles, although I don’t recommend them if you will have toddlers around
- Supplies for an infant–choose items that will keep for several months in the kit. You can usually get formula with an expiration date of at least 6 months ahead. Purchase diapers perhaps a size bigger than the one your child wears. Wipes will keep for a long time and I would add plenty, because chances are they will be used by more than just the baby in your household.
- On that note, if you have children, add something for them to do that does not require power. I can tell you that my child is definitely one of this digital age, and he’ll get bored quickly. A coloring book, a board game, cards, and small art set are all good ideas to add to your kit. Try to put something in that your kids haven’t seen yet or in a while so it will be new to them.
- Batteries for the things that need them, such as flashlights, lanterns, kids games, etc.
- A first aid kit
- Hand sanitizer
- Pet food if you have the need
Be sure to check your kit at the beginning of each season to make sure your supplies inside are still good and to see if anything needs to be added or replaced based on the needs of your family. Getting kits from a survival supplier such as My Patriot Supply will ensure the items in your kit are exactly right to have you and your family prepared for your emergency situation.