Whether you’re just starting out or a preparedness pro, gathering your emergency supplies is easy. A good rule of thumb is to have supplies for about 3 days, or 72 hours. You’ll be surprised at how much you already have.
Everyone enjoys a tall drink of water. Stay hydrated by gathering one gallon per person, per day.
You might need to be able to patch up small scrapes until help arrives. Channel your inner Scout and keep a first aid kit on hand.
While candles are great for ambience, a good flashlight is invaluable for navigating if power is out. Simply put: it buys you freedom.
You didn’t start the fire. But you can help extinguish it. Stash a fire extinguisher with your supplies so that you can stay safe.
Just like when camping, in an emergency an old fashioned can opener is just the ticket. Impress your friends with your canned culinary choices.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, add extra shelf-stable foods (that you like to eat!) to your basket. We recommend 3 days of food per person.
You never know when an emergency might happen—or what you might (or might not) be wearing. Be ready for the elements by setting aside warm clothes and walking shoes.
Feeling safe starts with knowing what’s going on—so tune into the radio. Check 740AM for live updates—and your favorite radio station to pass the time.
In an emergency, credit cards might not work, and cash becomes important. Protect your purchasing power by stashing small bills.
Keeping warm is crucial. Blankets and sleeping bags will help you stay snug, even when the fog rolls in—or if the power goes out.
A battery operated phone charger, or one that plugs into your car, will help you stay informed, take photos, and communicate in an emergency.
A basic toolkit with items like a hammer and duct tape will help you turn off the gas, repair broken windows, or board up your home.
Plan for your personal health. Keep a 3-day dose of any medicine you take on a regular basis, in case the pharmacy is closed.
What non-perishable comfort food would lift your spirits? A supply of chocolate, dried fruit, or nuts with your emergency snacks might make you smile, and help you make friends.
Toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer, a toothbrush, soap, unscented bleach, and heavy duty garbage bags are a good place to start.
Upload copies of your driver’s license, passport, leases, titles, and contact list to the cloud. Protect your assets, by going digital. Or make photocopies.
What unique items would make your family feel better in an emergency? Favorite games? Special toys? Little things can make a big difference.
Don’t forget to store dog food, toys, or extra water for your pets.
Don’t forget to store food, medicine, water and toys for your pets.
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