Hurricane Irene was a wake-up call to stay prepared for any emergency. Although we had no serious damage, many people in our area were without power for a week. If we had been one of the unfortunate ones without electricity, I would have been woefully unprepared. Prior to the hurricane, I tried to buy batteries for my camping lantern, and there were no D batteries to be found. After trying seven stores, I gave up and resolved to use flashlights and candles. But I’ve learned my lesson, and as soon as D batteries became available, I stocked up.
To get read for future contingencies, I’m putting together this Emergency Kit which will be stored in clear plastic storage boxes, ready to be used or loaded into the car in case we have to evacuate due to fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane or anything else.
I recommend every household keep these emergency essentials on hand and neatly packed to keep you safe, comfortable, and well-fed if, God forbid, a natural disaster happens.
First aid kit
Batteries (D, AA, AAA, and 9 volt)
Practical candlesticks or votive candle holders
Battery operated radio
Blankets or sleeping bags
Personal care items
Toiletries (toilet paper, baby wipes, anti-bacterial hand get, diapers)
Bottles of water for drinking and washing (one gallon per person per day)
Manual can opener
Long-life milk and juice boxes
Lighter or waterproof container with matches
Basic tools (hammer, wrench, screwdrivers, saw)
Prescription medicines (seven day supply)
Regular over-the-counter medicines
A file with copies of important documents (see this post for paperwork to go in your “Everything Book”)
Forward this to a friend!