ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements  Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits

7 Things You Need in Your Emergency Kit

While the main focus of National Preparedness Month this year is making a plan and communicating that plan  (This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”) the plan itself will have many parts, at core of which should be your emergency kit(s).

emergency-survival-kitsAre you prepared if a storm were to strike your area? For many years, experts said you need enough food, water and supplies to last for at least 72 hours - now trends are leaning toward 5 or more days (Katrina taught us the support and succor are not necessarily ready to respond for al in just 3 days). Do you know what you need in your emergency kit to last three days or more? To help you think about what sort of kit you want to buy or build, here's a short list:

Water – Water is the most vital element in your emergency kit, but it is also the hardest to store. After a storm blows through, you may only have the water in your emergency kit to drink. Your regular water source could be contaminated and there may not be any electricity to run water. You'll need water to bathe, drink and flush toilets. Store at least one gallon of water per person per day. Bottled water is best for home storage, but emergency water pouches can be packed in your kit and car and are much easier to transport (they last years, too, whereas your bottled water needs to by cycled every few months).

Food – Canned soup and vegetables, boxed cereal, crackers and other nonperishable food should be included in your okans - be sure the pantry is well stocked.  Store at least three days' worth of food. Don't pack foods with a lot of sodium that will make you thirsty. Emergency food rations are compact and long lasting, which make them best for storing in an emergency kit - easy to grab and go if you must evacuate.

First Aid Kit – You should have a first aid kit to treat minor injuries. Bandages, ointment, burn ointment and other supplies should be in your first aid kit. You should also keep prescription medication doses in your kit in case you can't access a drug store. Also stock up on over-the-counter pain medications.

Flashlights – If your power goes out during a storm, you will need to have some form of lighting. Keep flashlights handy in your emergency kit, along with batteries to power them.

Sleeping Bags/Blankets – Every person in your home should have an emergency blanket, especially if you live in a colder area - they are small, inexpensive, and can be used for a great many things other than just warmth. Keep extra clothing as a part of your emergency kit as well. Store pillows and bedding for extra comfort during and after the storm.

Cash – After a storm, banks may not be open and ATMs may not work. Keep cash and traveler's checks in your emergency kit. Before a storm hits, be sure to go to the bank or ATM and withdraw money. Some businesses may reopen after a storm even if they don't have power, but without power, your credit cards will be useless to purchase anything.

Utensils – You don't want to be using your fingers to dig in cans to eat. Make sure you have packed utensils in your emergency kit so that you can eat comfortably after a storm.

What else would you include in your emergency kit?

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