Emergency Kit Preparation
What’s In your Emergency Kit?
Each year, in preparation for storm season, we remind our members that being prepared is the key during this winter season. You can avoid a lot of the hassles of being with out electricity BUT, you have to be prepared!
Take a little time and put together a “Personal” and a “Household” emergency kit just in case a lengthy power outage or other natural event happens in your area.
When putting your “Emergency Kits” together, plan for longer rather than shorter periods. If you plan for the worse, you’re likely to not exhaust your supplies in a shorter event. The old adage “it’s better to be safe than sorry”, is true.
Your “Personal Emergency Kit”, can be built in either a 5-gallon bucket or a backpack – something that you can easily pick up and take with you.
Surprisingly, you can fit quite a few supplies in these containers. In fact, all the items in the above photograph fit in a 5-gallon bucket “Personal Kit”.
While you can pack anything you like, we have shown and listed things that we feel are essential. It is recommended that each member of the household have their “OWN KIT”. Remember, during an extended outage, you need to think about survival-type items, not vacation or picnic pleasantries.
Your “Household Emergency Kit” may require a bit more space than a 5-gallon bucket or a backpack…but it still should be something that you can easily grab-n-go with. As with the personal emergency kit, you can pack anything you like. And again, during an extended outage, be thinking about basic necessities, not all the comforts of home.
Following are some ideas for items you might want to include…bottled water, trail mix, canned goods (soups, stews, etc.), dried foods (fruit, jerky, tuna fish), energy bars, water-proof matches, blankets, flashlight & batteries, paper products, hand cleaner & baby wipes, playing cards, rain slicker or space blanket, first aid kit, cell phones, laptop computer, solar powered radio, camp stove with additional fuel, candles and a battery operated lantern.
For more information on building your emergency kits, you can also go to: oregonpacific.redcross.org.