You must have an emergency action plan in place at all times, and there are eleven essential items you need to have in order to be prepared for any emergency situation. These items can help you at home and on the road. With that in mind, you should start gathering them today.
You will need:
- Portable Water Purifier
- Fire Building Tools
- Change of Clothes
- First Aid Kit
- Specialty Care Items
- Navigation Tools
- Portable Shelter
- Hygiene Kit
- Comfort Items
Let’s look at each of these in closer detail.
#1 – Food
You need to have enough food on hand to last at least 20 days. If you can store enough food to last longer, that will be better.
Be sure to select nonperishable food items, such as:
- Canned Goods
- Beef Jerky
Also, consider getting some high calorie meal bars. You can find bars that contain an entire day’s worth of calories. That means it will be easy to store a lot of them. It will also be easy to take them with you if you have to leave your home.
Once you gather up your food, put it in a storage area. Be sure to rotate your food so you will always have fresh supplies. You can do that by occasionally consuming items and then replacing them.
#2 – Canteen
A canteen is necessary so you can have water with you if you have to flee. Choose an insulated canteen. Also, make sure it has a leak-proof mouth so you can drink without spilling your water.
#3 – Portable Water Purifier
If a disaster strikes, water from your home’s faucets may become unsafe to drink. On top of that, you might have to source water if you have to leave your home. With that in mind, you will need a portable water purifier. You can use the purifier at home or on the road.
Make sure you choose a purifier that is easy to transport and kills bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Also, choose a system that will be able to provide enough water for your entire family.
#4 – Fire Building Tools
You should always have fire building tools on hand so you will be able to stay warm if the power goes out or if you have to leave your home. Tools should include:
- Waterproof Matches
Also, if you have a fireplace or fire pit at home, make sure you have lots of wood for it. Keep the wood in a safe, dry place that you can access if there is a disaster.
#5 – Change of Clothes
Always remember extra clothes as part of your emergency action plan in case you have to leave your home at a moment’s notice. You need two changes of clothes, an extra pair of socks, and some extra shoes. Make sure the clothing is weather appropriate and can withstand the elements.
#6 – First Aid Kit
You never know what might happen in an emergency situation. With that in mind, you need a comprehensive first aid kit on hand. The kit should include basic first aid items, along with tactical items such as tourniquets and trauma dressings. Also, the kit should contain everyone’s medications, glasses and contact lenses, if applicable.
#7 – Specialty Care Items
If you live with a baby, an elderly person or a pet, you need to stock up on specialty care items. For instance, have lots of baby food, diapers and wet wipes for a baby. Have mobility items and medication for an elderly person, and have pet food and flea prevention for a pet. Make sure you have extra in case of an emergency situation.
#8 – Navigation Tools
You might have to flee before or after a disaster. With that in mind, you need to have navigation tools at your disposal. It’s a good idea to have a map and compass on hand at all times. A GPS will also be helpful.
Also, print off some maps and directions. That way, you will have everything you need, even if the power goes out.
#9 – Portable Shelter
Your emergency action plan should always include a portable shelter in case you have to flee your home. If possible, get a tent. Just make sure you get one that is easy to transport from one place to the next. You don’t want to get a big, heavy tent that is difficult to carry.
If you can’t get a tent, you can get a tarp. Just make sure you have the items you will need to turn the tarp into a shelter. Bring stakes, rope and duct tape. Also, an axe will come in handy if you need to cut away some brush to make room for your shelter.
#10 – Hygiene Kit
You should create a hygiene kit that you can use in an emergency. The kit should have all of the items you will need to stay hygienic, whether you are at home or on the road.
Be sure to include:
- Feminine Products
#11 – Comfort Items
Comfort items are essential during a disaster. You need items that will help you pass the time and enjoy yourself, even when you don’t’ have access to modern conveniences. Gather up some books, games and other items that you can take with you in case you have to flee.
Now you know the eleven items you must have for your emergency action plan, and you’ll be prepared for any emergency situation Make sure you gather these items up in case a disaster strikes.
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