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© 2015 Shanna Lea
One of the most difficult areas of emergency preparedness is knowing what you should have in your emergency kit. Gather the things on this list and store them in your plastic containers and you will have a good basic start for what you will need.
Camping equipment can be a lifesaver during an emergency. Even if you don’t like camping, just having some camping equipment on hand will come in handy for an emergency situation.
If your home is all electric, then a propane camp stove can be a lifesaver during a disaster. You will still be able to cook hot meals and brew comfort drinks like coffee and tea.
Invest in cast iron cookware. Cast iron is durable and doesn’t have plastic handles that can melt off from a hot fire. Cast iron can be used on a propane stove or open fire pit.
A generator can give you electricity for short times during a power outage. While this is a larger investment, if you live in an area that has frequent power outages, you will be glad you purchased one.
Supply List of Necessities:
Spare or plastic utensils
Lighter or matches
Water proof containers for storage
Sweets, if you aren’t diabetic
Dry packaged foods
Tip: keep freezer shut as much as possible so food will last a few days
First Aid Kit:
Pepto Bismol chewables
Aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen
Sterile medical tape
Pass the Time:
Pen and paper
This is just a basic list of supplies and you can adjust it to meet your specific needs. Small children may want to have a few toys. This will also depend on your situation and whether you can stay in your home during an emergency. If you have to go to an emergency shelter, the toys will give your children something to do and keep them amused.
If you have an outside grill or barbecue, always keep a spare tank full of propane. This will give you a way to heat water and cook food for several days, if necessary.