Why You Should Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit

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Firefighters, EMTs, and emergency responders all carry emergency preparedness bags. It is their job to work quickly and efficiently, so they have to be prepared. To aid them in doing so, emergency bags are created so they can have all the basic supplies and gear easily accessible. What happens when emergency personnel is not quickly available because of natural disaster or other event? What could the average person do? With an emergency preparedness kit, anyone will have the basic amenities needed to survive for at least 72 hours.

An emergency preparedness kit will already be packed with all of the things you would need to help you survive for at least three days on your own. It should be in an easily accessible place in case you have to evacuate your home quickly. The kit will help you whether you need to grab it and go quickly or if you have to stay inside. There are different kits that will provide the basic needs for an individual, family, school, or workplace. Each kit, either in a bucket or bag, will contain things like emergency food rations, clean water, and first aid supplies. You never know if you will be alone or with others when an emergency happens. There are emergency preparedness kits that can support one person up to four people. The kits are inexpensive, so it could pay off in the future if you have an extra one. Having more is better in the event of an emergency.

When looking for an emergency preparedness kit, be sure to get one specific to your needs. Make sure the kit has enough supplies to provide for every person in your family. Always have one available at school, your work, and even in your car because you never know when an emergency will happen. You can never be over prepared for an emergency.

How to Prepare for the End

Many ancient beliefs say that the world is going to end in 2012. Wait… 2012 is almost over! Who knows the validity of any of those predictions, but there is nothing wrong with being prepared. So load up on freeze dried food, get your go bag ready, and be ready, just in case.

Freeze Dried Food

Many people who spend their lives getting ready for the end of the world, or “preppers,” stock up on freeze dried food. One of the most important things to do when prepping is to stockpile a food source. Because you do not know if the world will end tomorrow or in 10 Foodyears, you need to get food with a long shelf life. Freeze dried food has a long shelf life and can be found already stored in containers for you. Many foods are offered freeze dried, giving you the variety you are used to, even in an emergency. There is even a cooking show that will show you how you can prepare freeze dried food in different ways. There is also a website that you can use that will calculate how much food you and your family needs to survive. Based on an algorithm using how many people over and under 10 years old there are, you will know how much food to store and what it will cost you per serving.There are also emergency food packs that you can buy. They have a shorter shelf life but can be a good first food source and there are flavors like lasagna, terriyaki chicken with rice, and alfredo pasta with chicken.

Water is a Must

Water is the number one thing you need to survive. A person can survive days or weeks with little to no food, but only a few days without water. You should be sure to have a collapsible water container and lots of water purifying tablets. If you cannot find a safe water source, water tablets can purify it.

Light the WayCrank Light

If the electricity goes out, you will need a light source to protect yourselves and your stockpile. Flashlights that have batteries are great, but there are flashlight and radio combos that are powered by crank. They work by cranking a handle to create power and the light and radio run off that power. You will never have to worry about running out of batteries.

Stay Warm

Even in the hottest areas of the country, it still gets cold at night. Extreme cold can be a silent killer, and without a source of heat, you will be susceptible to this. A portable heater can be a life saver and keep you warm during those chilly nights.

Emergency Cover

If you do not have a bomb shelter, or emergency underground shelter like some extreme preppers, you will still need some kind of last resort shelter. A tent or even some tarp with ropes can work. Anything that can keep you out of the elements and keep you dry will be a huge help.

It is impossible to predict when a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or even the end of the world will happen. Hopefully, it will not happen for a long, long time, but you can always be prepared for the worst.