Natural or human-made disasters can occur with little to no warning. So it’s important to keep everything you need in one place, protected from the elements and easily accessed. Retrieving your supplies should be as easy as grabbing a bin, backpack or other container—a 1-step process that’s crucial when every second counts.
Next, consider adding the following:
* When diluted—9 parts water to 1 part bleach—bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use bleaches that are scented, color safe or have added cleaners.
Other first-aid supplies:
Stash your important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) (PDF - 977Kb) developed by Operation HOPE, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
Tip: A sealable plastic bag tucked into a wide-mouth water bottle works great. Your important documents are protected and—voila!—you’ve secured an extra water vessel as well.
Every 6 months, check your food and emergency supplies. Refresh your water supply, consume and/or replace foods that will expire within the next 6 months, dispose of expired or damaged food, and add any items that may be needed. An addition to the household or changing medical needs may require different or additional supplies. Refer to the following list as you survey your stash:
Search REI.com for “emergency supplies.” Products you may find useful include:
With just a little time, effort and money, you can be prepared with the supplies you and your loved ones need to survive when no other support or assistance is available. It is a wise and potentially life-saving investment. Start today.
By REI Staff
Last updated: 02/18/2014
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