We don’t know what 2019 holds for us yet. There are some things we can expect—like doctor appointments—and other things that come without warning. For those situations, including natural disasters, the only thing you can do is be prepared. Making a home emergency kit is a great place to start.
What should be in your kit? Here are some recommendations from the American Red Cross:
- Water—1 gallon per person, per day
- Nonperishable food—don’t forget fruits & veggies
- Flashlight & radio—don’t forget the batteries
- Medications—1 week’s supply
- Important documents—family contact info, passports, insurance policies, etc.
- First aid kit
- Personal hygiene products
- A map of your area
- Emergency blanket
That may look like a lot of stuff, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Start with the water. You can fill any reusable bottles you have with regular tap water and put it in your kit. That costs nothing. And most homes have a blanket that isn’t used very often—put that in the kit, too.
Items like the flashlight and radio are something you need to purchase, but the good news is you don’t have to hurry. Take your time and look for sales. The same is true for first aid kits. You can often find a very affordable, basic first aid kit. Start with that, and add things when you see them on sale or have them left over.
Whatever you do, be sure to include the whole family. It’s important that everyone in your house knows what the kits has and where to find it. If everyone helps prepare it together, you will all feel less stress if an emergency strikes. As a family, make a plan so everyone knows where to go and who to call if a disaster happens.
If you don’t already have a home emergency kit, now is the time to start building one!