It doesn’t matter if it is summer or winter, with the chance of your electricity going out. You need to have a kit for yourself and your family just in case.
All you need to do is have a tote with a lid to store some items in there to protect them and keep them located where you can get to them if you need them.
I remember a friend in Florida telling me that she kept 3 totes of stuff handy for hurricane weather. One tote was emergency clothes and their ID and any important papers. The other tote was food and water and the last tote was for their dogs. They often left the area before a hurricane came in, so they were prepared because they needed to travel. I think it is a great idea.
Here are some items you could use for your Emergency Kit:
- bottle water – For drinking or cooking if you can’t use the water in your home.
- Food that won’t spoil – canned food, energy bars, packaged foods and pet food if you have pets.
- A manual can opener
- First Aid Kit
- Battery operated or wind up flashlight. We have a wind up one and it comes in handy.
- Candles, matches and lighters.
- Swiss Army Knife
- Hand sanitizer
We went through three days of our power being out in the middle of summer because was a tornado a town over that destroyed the hydro towers.
We started using our barbecue like we were camping. I even made my morning cup of tea on it. Three days was a long time to go without electricity for us. It was also hot out so at night our house was like an oven.
If you are at home and there are no real dangers other than being stuck without power, get out the board games or books and relax.
We were lucky that we didn’t have to leave our home but if the area you are in isn’t safe, here are some extra things you should take with you if you have time to take them.
Here are some other additional items you may need:
- A portable stove
- sleeping blankets
- toiletries (don’t forget toilet paper)
- Paper plates, plastic cutlery, garbage bags
- pots for portable stove
- a pair or two of clean clothes for each member
- leashes for animals
- Any important papers
- Your identification
What ways do you keep yourself prepare in case of an emergency?
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