How Emergency Kits Save Lives

How Emergency Kits Save Lives

The importance of putting together a home emergency kit to help you and your family through a disaster is pretty obvious. Hurricane Sandy caused a major problem for those who were not prepared for a disaster and had no power in their homes temporarily. Are you prepared for such a catastrophe?

We all hope that this will never happen to us. But it makes sense to put together an emergency kit just in case a similar situation strikes you and family. Here are some things you should have on hand in case you need them:

Flashlights. Go with a high quality one, and a rechargeable version will not be suitable. Don’t forget that days could go by with no power at all to your home. Spare batteries are essential, and if the spares are getting near their expiration date, get some fresh ones. Kerosene lamps are another good idea if that is something you are confident about caring for properly. It’s also wise to have plenty of candles, and of course, matches.

Hand sanitizer is another important item. You might not be able to wash your hands for some time if your water is contaminated. In order to avoid germs and to stay clean, have paper towels and hand sanitizer ready for use at all times.

A car adapter is a must. This can help you recharge your smartphone and some other electronics, which will give you a link to the outside world.

You are going to need bottled water. Contaminated water is not fit for drinking or washing, so make sure there is enough. Staying hydrated is crucial, so be sure there is at least one extra case of water in your home. You should probably supplement that case when a hurricane or other natural disaster is approaching.

A two-week supply of food is usually the norm for recommendations on emergency kits. Your kit should have non-perishable food items, things like peanut butter, and canned goods. A gas grill could come in handy also, so that you have a way to cook. Some spare gasoline should be stored safely. Of course don’t forget to put an old-fashioned can opener in your kit. Some plastic utensils, bowls, and cups should be in the kit, as well as some paper plates.

A well stocked first aid kit is essential. Your first aid kit should include pain relievers, bandages, gauze, allergy pills, gastrointestinal medicine, antibiotic ointments and other things that are specific to your family’s specific medical conditions. Be sure that any prescriptions your family needs are not forgotten.

Sleeping bags are convenient and most of us have them already. Your bed may not be accessible for a long time, keep that in mind. Sleeping bags can add some comfort – and warmth – if you’re forced out of your home temporarily.

If you have no power, these items can’t make up for that. However, you and your loved ones will have a much better chance of staying safe and healthy until you can go back to your home with the power restored.

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