Start With the Basics
Begin with the most important items. Purchase an easy-to-carry backpack or a bin that can easily be loaded into your car to store your items.
- Food and drink: You should have enough for three days on the road or two weeks at home. Stock enough water for each person to have one gallon per day and create a supply of non-perishable food that includes high-calorie, high-protein items to keep energy levels up.
- Hygiene items: Include toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo and washcloths, combs and baby wipes or baby powder.
- Safety equipment: Besides flashlights, stock flares, a battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
Build a First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should include everything needed for minor emergencies.
- Antibiotic ointment
- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescriptions (at least one week’s worth of each)
- Multi-purpose tool such as a Swiss Army Knife
You need to be able to identify yourself. Fill a folder with the following:
- ID cards
- Birth certificates
- Property deeds
- Insurance policies
- Emergency contact numbers
- Information about prescription drugs or medical conditions anyone has
Other Things to Keep in Mind
In addition to nutrition, safety and first aid, consider your specific situation. If you have small children, back baby and toddler supplies and some activities to keep them busy. Stock up on pet food and medication as well as a sturdy crate for cats or small dogs. Don’t forget electronics chargers and extra cash.
When an emergency occurs, having the proper health and life insurance will give you peace of mind. Find out what policies your family might need by contacting Sackett Insurance.