Being Prepared: Emergency Kit Preparation

Being Prepared: Emergency Kit Preparation

You never know when you may find yourself in need of emergency supplies, but it’s always best to be prepared. From natural disasters that leave you housebound to an automobile accident, there are a variety of things that can bring comfort and aid to you and others during such an event.

It is wise to have an emergency kit in both your car and your home to be prepared for the worst. Here’s how to assemble your emergency kit:

The Basics

There are some bare essentials to include when building your own emergency kit that are easily accessible and used often in emergency situations. These include things like a flashlight (with extra batteries), a first aid kit, water and dehydrated food. You can typically find kits that will come equipped with these basic but essential items from organizations like your local hospital or The Red Cross. If you do pick up a pre-made emergency kit, take the time to pull it apart to inspect what’s inside. It will help you mentally prepare for when you actually need to use it. Beginning with these basic items will create a great foundation to build upon.


Although a first aid kit will treat minor cuts, scrapes and burns, you or your loved ones may require a bit more than just a few band-aids and ointment. If you know that you have a tendency to roll your ankle or your sister is prone to stubbed toes, make sure to pack ACE bandages and tape. For more serious needs, have a backup plan for medications that may need to be available and/or refrigerated. Make a list of allergies of those in your household and include it in your kit. Designate one person in your family to be in charge of administering medications so that there is a “go to” person, if ever needed.

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Your emergency kit will likely need to be tailored to the climate in which you live and frequently drive in. For those that live on the coast, adding a poncho and galoshes to your emergency kit would be advised to combat hurricane weather and the frequent rain storms that occur. Make sure if you include your kid’s favorite rain boots to replace them each year as they get older. For those that live in colder climates, you will want to include warm clothes that will treat you well in sub zero temperatures. Pack your favorite North Face jacket to make sure you are cozy and warm while you wait out the storm.

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