These days, it is important to have an emergency kit that you can use if there are power outages or if you have to leave your home for a short length of time. The Ready.gov/kit site talks about how to create these such Emergency Kit. It is quite detailed and can get a little overwhelming.
After 911 and some major storms in our area, I decided to create this easy emergency kit that I have updated and added items to over the years. This kit holds three days worth of supplies. Note: I also have extra supplies, like a first aid kit and other supplies in my cars as well. I also have a backpack with 1-2 days of clothes for each member of the family in it stored in the garage. I only update these clothes when the kids grow so it doesn’t need to be done often.
Here are items I added to my emergency kit. I look for items that last for more than 1 year so I don’t have to review the kit often. I also purchase items that I can be prepared quickly in a sauce pan that I keep inside the bin.
Here are the list of items I have in my easy emergency kit.
- Paper towel roll
- Toilet paper
- Solar powered radio and their manuals
- Flashlights, candles
- Napkins, Plastic forks, knives, paper plates and cups
- Can opener and bottle opener
- Water (3 large bottles)
- Canned food: Stored at least 3 days supplies of food for all four members.
I like to have a variety of canned fruit, legumes, pasta, soups, and vegetables just.
- Powdered Milk/ sometimes pineapple juice if I find it on sale.
- Small sauce pan
- Salt / pepper
- Tea bags
- Plastic bags
To save money, I created this emergency kit over time. Every year, I go through the canned items and get rid of any food that are way past their expiration date. If it is only a few weeks past, I make a meal with it. If it is way older, I open them and empty the content, clean it out, and recycle the can.
That’s pretty much it! Not too bad.
If you are planning on making your own emergency kit, here are some additional tips:
- Pack food that your family would eat.
- For seniors, be sure to get extra supplies, like batteries for wheelchairs, oxygen, medication, food for service animals, manuals for equipment, etc…
- For kids, be sure to have extra diapers, extra bibs and other extra clothing.
- For your pets, Keep extra food /snacks, and even an extra leash for your pets in your emergency kit.
- If you pull smaller items throughout the house to make a kit like this, zip top bags work great to keep everything organized.
Do you have an emergency kit? What do you store in your emergency kit that is unique? I would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below.
Here is a kit already made you can buy from Amazon: