You may not give it much thought but preparing your emergency preparedness kits may be the next best thing to survival instincts. Emergency preparedness kits are your family’s only lifelines during an emergency situation or a natural disaster. It is not that expensive or difficult to setup emergency preparedness kits. In fact, most of the resources or necessities that you compile inside emergency kits are commonly found in your home.

During an emergency situation or a disaster, it is very helpful to have an extra supply of survival materials. A supply of survival materials may include, first aid kits, medicines, food and water primarily and even money. It is also ideal to have supplies sufficient for seventy-two hours or three days, while other members of the family, rescuers or emergency responders are focusing their attention on people with urgent issues. There are actually two types of emergency preparedness kits. You can make a home made emergency kit or buy pre-assembled or retailed emergency preparedness kits in drug stores, emergency supplies retailer, department stores, online or through American Red Cross offices. There are benefits from having home made and retailed emergency preparedness kits; it only depends on your individual situation.

Homemade kits usually contain supplies gathered from around your home. Ingredients of a well stocked kit include ample supplies of water, food, usually canned goods and dried fruits and vegetables, can opener, batteries and flashlight, lighter, matches, candles, two way radio or wind up radio, first aid kits, special items such baby formulas or prescribed medicines, duplicates of home and car keys, bills and coins, road map and emergency plan. Also include duplicates of your house and car keys, cash bills, coins for calling pay phones and a copy of your emergency plan.

The benefit from putting your own kit together is that you can choose the type of food and materials yourself. Homemade kits tend to be a lot cheaper than prebuilt store bought ones and tend to be of a higher quality.  However, most people don’t have the time or energy to compile emergency preparedness kits.  If this is the case then buying pre-assembled kits is your best choice. In North America, the US and Canadian Red Cross sell emergency preparedness kits that decent for three day or seventy two hour consumptions.

Come up with a compact storage or a convenient-to-carry bag for these emergency kit supplies. Store it in places where it is easily accessible. Since some of the supplies are perishable like water, medicine and food, make sure to maintain and keep your supplies updated. You may opt for preserved or canned foods.

A back up of your emergency kits is crucial to survival. These include: extra footwear and clothing, warm blanket, sleeping bag, whistle to call attention in case you are lost in a strange location, garbage bags and toiletries for personal hygiene, hand gloves, handy tools, screw drivers, Swiss knife, hammer, portable stove, extra liters of water, personal care products, family photo and individual photo of family members, important documents, like birth certificate, I.D. cards and passport.

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