Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Guest Post: Putting Together Your Home's Emergency Kit

Putting Together Your Home's Emergency Kit

You can never be too prepared for life’s little emergencies. It is always better to be over prepared as opposed to completely caught off guard. When it comes to your home and family, they deserve the best and so do you. You need to be ready to tackle any and all problems that might come your way. With every passing day, our world grows more chaotic. Weather patterns are changing rapidly throughout the world and humanity is at its most hostile. There is more than just a lot of media hype to the real possibility of danger for American families.  What if there is a tornado? What if there’s a house fire? What if there’s an earthquake? What if there is a bombing or a hurricane or some other state of emergency?  All of these things happen quickly and without warning. The better you prepare for such contingencies ahead of time, the less time you will have to spend worrying about how they could affect your family.

Start by stockpiling non-perishable food. This includes canned fruits and veggies, soups, potted meat, and other canned goods. You should also keep dehydrated food products such as ramen noodles on hand at all times. Saltine crackers, cookies, and electrolyte enhanced drink powders are great to have around in emergencies.  If you want to go the extra mile, get a food dehydrator and use it to create your own backup supply of dehydrated foods to eat in case of emergency. It is also a good idea to stock up on large quantities of bottled water to sustain your family for a lengthy period of time if necessary. Keep in mind that adult humans require 2-3 liters of water per day. All kinds of situations could call for you to remain inside your home without utilities or access to other resources.  It is essential that you are prepared for this and have enough to feed you and your family.
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When there is an emergency, there is going to be panic to follow. People are going to make mistakes and can accidentally hurt themselves when presented with unexpectedly dire circumstances. In certain kinds of emergencies, it can be harder to get help from hospitals as they are packed with individuals who are hurt. That’s why it is up to you to always have your own fully stocked first aid kit. Keep several throughout your home and one in each car so that they are always close at hand. A good first aid kit will always include a variety of bandages, sanitary cleansing pads, antibiotic ointment, cold packs, heat packs, cotton balls, rubber gloves, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, pain killers, vitamins, and other household medicines.  Also, if anyone in your family requires daily medicine for illnesses such as diabetes, anxiety or heart conditions, asks your doctor if it would be acceptable for you to obtain a backup supply of each so that it can be stored inside your emergency kit. A good first aid kit can help with a full range of emergencies, from minor to Earth-shattering.

There are many other things it is very good to have close at hand when disaster strikes. These include flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, lighters, duct tape, rope, knives, scissors, a screwdriver, pliers, a hammer, some rope, safety pins, an axe or hatchet, tarps, protective gloves, helmets or hard hats for each member of the family, blankets, extra clothes, and a variety of portable radio devices such as a set of walkie talkies, a CB radio, and an AM/FM band radio. Make sure you have extra batteries for each, since radio could be your only connection to the outside world in some emergencies. If you want to be serious about having everything you need, buy an extra one of each of these things and seal them inside plastic crates to be stored in a secure area of your home and only used in emergencies. Some families use underground areas such as basements or bunkers for this.

Ask each member of your family what he or she would need in case of emergency, and include these items in your kit as well. Effective home emergency plans require input from the entire family, so it can be helpful to keep emergency contact information for all family members inside your emergency kit. Include a list of frequent locations for each family member, along with addresses and phone numbers for each. This includes all schools and workplaces for each member of the family. Also add any other important information you can think of about each person to this list, such as social security numbers, doctors contact information and special medical needs. Copies will also need to be made of official documents such as birth certificates, driver’s license, title deeds, insurance cards and social security cards for each member of the family. All of this should be included inside your emergency preparedness kit.

Once all of this is compiled, the last step to preparing for emergencies is to talk to your family and come up with a plan.  Communication is vital when it comes to surviving emergencies together. If everyone is on the same page, it is always easier to work as a team. Decide on a central location for family members to meet in case of emergency, and devise a plan for how each person would get there under various circumstances. Since there are so many different kinds of emergencies, you may need to make multiple plans. Some may call this kind of thinking silly or paranoid. The truth is you cannot be too careful when it comes to your family’s safety. Nobody can deny that if you spend time thinking about this kind of stuff before emergencies have a chance to occur, you will be able to think much more clearly in the event that they do. Talk to your family about emergency preparedness kits and plans. In doing so, you could be saving their lives.

Author Bio: Karla Jennings is a handy woman to have around the house. She runs her own home improvement blog about her passion for home living and organization. She is also a writer for Maid Brigade. Her work can be found on various home living, design, and family blogs throughout the internet.

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