December 1, 2010

Are you ready? Probably not....

No home or person should ever be without an emergency kit. Even as The Disaster Caster, I spent most of my life without one, so I can understand how people chose to do without one. Every person should have their own kit, and if everyone had one- I truly believe death tolls during natural disasters would significantly decrease.

People aren't prepared. They're to busy worrying about next weeks light bill, or when the economy will get better. I get it, but for about $20.00 a week, in two short months you can have a full loaded emergency kit. I've created a list of things you should consider placing in your kit, and this post will be followed by disaster plans.

Water (1 Gallon Per Person A Day)
High Calorie Food Bars (Lightweight & A Full Day's Meal)
Manual Can Opener & Utensils
Reusable Cups, Plates, Condiments
First Aid Kit & First Aid Book
Copies of Important Papers
List Of Emergency/Personal Numbers
Warm Clothes/Light Clothes/Rain Gear
Heavy Work gloves
Iodine and an Eyedropper for Water Purification
Toilet Paper, Feminine Supplies, Hand Sanitizer & Hygiene Supplies
Plastic sheeting, Duct Tape and Utility Knife
Tools - Crowbar, Hammer & Nails, Staple Gun, Adjustable Wrench and Bungee Cords.
Light Fireproof Blanket
Bucket Toilet Bowl
Heavy Duty Garbage Bags & Small Trash Bags
Any Special-Needs Items
Radio – Battery Operated
Dust mask
Pocket knife
Emergency Cash (Small Denominations & Quarters)
Sturdy Shoes & Warm Hat
Local Maps
Permanent Marker, Paper & Tape
Photos of Family Members and Pets for Re-Identification Purposes
List of Allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
Copy of health insurance and identification cards
Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
Prescription medications
Extra keys to your house and vehicle
Solar Powered Cell Phone Charger
Battery Powered Cell Phone Charger
Inflatable Pillow (Airplane Kind, Can be used for Flotation)
Magic Candles
Activities for Children

An Ugly Suitcase with wheels is your best bet for transportion. Don't go using an expensive/new suitcase, or else you'll be robbed. I also suggest taking it to the tailors and having them mount shoulder straps on the back, very helpful when you need both of your hands, or are running for your life.

Most of this stuff can probably be found around your house, not even being used. Each week I spent $20, but put in a lot of items that I already owned. After creating your Disaster Kit, your next step in being prepared in any disaster is having a customized disaster plan. My next post will show an example of my disaster plans, and how you should go about constructing yours.

xoxo disaster girl

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