Everyone should be prepared in the event of an emergency. While the idea of prepared may differ from person to person there are many things that should be thought of well in advance. Food, personal documents, and irreplaceable items are the most important things to prepare well ahead of time. Jobs will not always be stable and you cannot rely on being able to afford to buy things if an emergency does occur.
The most important thing is to have everything in one location that is easily picked up and taken with you. Some people choose to use a plastic tub which can act as a storage bin and as a water collector or a toilet in the event of a catastrophe. If you are planning on supplying many people then a tub is the best option. If you are going to only supply yourself you may be better off just using a backpack or some sort of bag that can be grabbed quickly and carried with you.
In the event of an emergency, you should have at least enough food for three days for everyone in your group. This may be your family, your friends, or just people you know you will meet up with later. While three is recommended there is nothing wrong with having more than enough food to last for much longer. The caloric intake will vary by age but it is recommended that during dire times the calories be around 2000 calories per day per person. You should buy things that will not go bad quickly. The purpose of this kit is to be around and useful in the event of an emergency. You can buy mre meals, canned goods that last more than one year, or boxed items like pastas, noodles, and cereal. Packaged food works well too, like oatmeal and cream of wheat. These kinds of foods will not be exposed to the elements and very well could be used past expiration if needed. Remember to thoroughly cook all food before serving and to have packed a hand crank can opener if you have packed canned goods. For meals ready to eat you have many options to choose from, the most common are military grade MREs and civilian MREs. Manufacturers like XMRE had developed Blue Line MREs, particularly designed for an emergency situation.
You should have at least one gallon of water per person per day. This takes up a lot of space and there are many alternatives to this if you find yourself heading for water after the disaster. You can buy and carry water purification tablets, water purifiers that filter water as it is poured in, and even just carrying a pot and cloth to strain and boil water is better than nothing. Remember that you can live days without food, but only a day or two without water before the effects set in. Without water you will become dizzy and disoriented and will lose much of your strength. This will hinder everyone around you and you should want to be in your best physical conditions in case there is a need to move locations.
First aid is something that should always be considered in the event of an emergency. There will most likely be someone needing medical attention and if this cannot be obtained right away by having some supplies on hand you have a better chance of helping someone survive. Some basic essentials are band aids, gauze pads, sterile swabs, alcohol, peroxide, and something to prepare a sling. While you can add on to this list, this is a great way to start off your first aid kit.
While money may not prove to be beneficial at the start of things, there will eventually come a time where money will have power. You may choose to only pack a credit card but some form of money is essential in the event you remove yourself from the site and find civilization elsewhere. I would recommend at least a months’ worth of money, but having more is never a problem. By adding it to your bank account and carrying or storing a debit card you will be able to retrieve the money when needed and when it will be most useful.
This is list of things that are absolutely essential when it comes to packing and storing an emergency preparedness kit. There will be many things that you will need to add based on the people you have with you but most importantly you should have food and water. There is no way to survive without these items and if you want to find help, you will need the first aid kit if injured. If you enjoyed this article you may want to check our Hurricane Preparedness article here.