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Creating An At Home Emergency Kit or an Emergency Grab Bag

Creating An At Home Emergency Kit or an Emergency Grab Bag

When Mother Nature flexes her strength in the form of a hurricane, blizzard, tornado, earthquake, fire, or other natural disaster, many are left with the option of bunkering down or fleeing to a safer place. How prepared are you if you find yourself in an emergency situation?

I believe everyone should have two different kits to cater to different situations. One should focus on a stay-at-home and wait-it-out situation, and the other should be a grab and go bag stuffed with lightweight, absolute necessities. 

In either case, you should be prepared to survive on your own for about a week after an emergency situation hits. At a bare minimum, you need 72 hours of food and water plus any special necessities like prescription medicines. 

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Not only should you have all of the following items on hand, you should also keep your survival kit in an easy to access location that isn't likely to be compromised during the disaster. For example, if your in flood territory, keep your emergency kit out of the basement and on higher ground! 

So what should your kits include?

Let's look at the situation where you are able to remain home. This is ideal as your house will have the majority of what you will need already, and you only need to prep for perishables, loss of electricity, and loss of heat/running water. 

Stay-At-Home Emergency Kit

Your home emergency kit should include:

  • Flashlights & extra batteries
  • All Important Documents (such as passports, birth certificates, checks) in a watertight bag
  • Manual Tools (such as hammer, screwdriver, saw) 
  • First Aid Kit (make sure at a minimum to include extra bandages, gauze, liquid bandage, scissors, pain killers, disinfectants, whistle)
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-perishables foods (make sure to have favorite snacks on hand)
  • Matches
  • Alternative stove/cook system
  • Generator & Fuel
  • Pet Food
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Candles & Kerosene Lanters
  • Thick, warm clothing and blankets
  • Garbage bags
  • Buckets to haul water
  • Tarps in case sections of your home become exposed
  • Roadmaps of your local area
  • Hand-crank or battery operated radio
  • Fire extinguisher

Grab n Go Emergency Kit

In the unlikely scenario that you need to flee your home, prioritizing your safety and irreplaceable valuables are of utmost importance.

If you need to flee on foot, prioritize items that will keep you safe and alive and leave unnecessary weight behind. On foot, the most important thing is to cover ground quickly. 

If you cannot take your animals with you, use spray paint to tag their bodies before letting them loose. For example, if you own horses, spray paint your address onto their body so that you have an easier time recovering them. 

  • 40 Liter sized backpack at a minimum
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Local Maps
  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sturdy shoes with a thick sole (and extra shoe laces)
  • Wool socks (2 pairs)
  • Quick dry clothing such as merino wool. Be careful with cotton clothing depending on your location.
  • Water bladder & water
  • Water purification tablets or filtration system
  • Freeze-dried food pouches. (Leave cans at home as they are heavy and if you lose your opener you will not be able to eat your food!)
  • Non-perishable pet food
  • Lightweight plates, cups, utensils
  • Knife
  • Matches
  • Lightweight stove system
  • Spare contacts, glasses, and contact solution
  • All prescription medicine
  • Travel toiletries bag including items like soap, hand sanitizer, personal and feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste 
  • A very robust first aid kit
  • Powdered electrolyte packs & salt capsules 
  • Important legal documents in a water-proof container & personal I.D.
  • Checks and cash
  • Paper and pen

Each emergency situation will vary which is why it is important to have a good enough base supply; this will allow you to adapt to the situation at hand and, most importantly, stay safe.

If you are preparing for an emergency situation or simply putting together a kit in case the unthinkable happens, remember to document what you have stored away, any applicable expiration dates, and to always have an emergency plan that your entire family knows. 


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