Here are the Top 4 Items You’ll Need for Preparedness Month
Thanks for tuning into our #careSHAREgrow Twitter Party on National Preparedness Month yesterday. It was great chatting with everyone on the importance of getting ready and be prepared for all types of emergencies. Some of you guys even shared great tips on making checklists and back-up plans. For those who missed the event, no worries, we’ll be summarizing the top items you’ll need for preparedness month. Make sure your home is stocked with these essentials!
#1) Food & Water
We can never know for certain when disaster will strike. Sometimes it can render our community unsafe, making it tough to go outdoors. That’s why, one of the first things we should prepare is food and water! Let’s start with food. The best storage foods include granola bars, trail mix, canned meat, crackers, and jerky because they have a long-lasting shelf life and do not require much to prepare. It is recommended to pack at least 3 days worth of food per person in a household.
While people may last a couple of days without food, water is entirely different. Staying hydrated is extremely important, which is why experts recommend preparing a gallon of water a day per person in a household. Commercially-bottled water can last you a couple of months in a cool storage area.
#2) First Aid Kit
Accidents happened. Let’s try to minimize hazardous risks to ourselves by keeping everything in check. Next on the emergency check list is a First Aid Kit! First aid kits come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s important to have all the basics. At a minimum, bandages and alcohol pads help keep germs and bacteria out of any open wounds we may come across. Other helpful items include fever-reducing medication, medical scissors/tweezers, antibiotic ointment, antibacterial wipes, needle/thread, safety gloves, and rubbing alcohol.
If you take any type of medication on a regular basis, make sure you prepare enough of those for your emergency supply kit too!
#3) Copies of Important Documents & Money
It’s always a good idea to keep important documents in a safe and secure area. However when disaster strikes, acting fast is part of the job. Having copies of important documents, such as your passport, social security card, wills, certificates, and contracts will give you a better piece of mind when you need to leave your home ASAP.
Secure emergency money with your documents so you’ll always have cash on hand.
#4) Emergency Equipment
Did you know? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 48% of Americans do not have emergency supplies prepared. Let’s reduce that statistic! It’s a good idea to have emergency equipment easily accessible on hand. We highly recommend the basic necessities such as an flashlight, extra batteries, multipurpose tools (a knife, pliers, and/or a screwdriver), and a whistle. Other things to consider are back-up phone chargers, an emergency blanket, Duct Tape, a radio, and even a shovel.