24 May What Is An Emergency Preparedness Kit, and Why Do You Need One?
May is wildfire preparedness month, and an emergency preparedness kit is an essential tool every home, business, and office should have. These critical supplies can not only be used in case of a wildfire, but any emergency or a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, landslide, or gas explosion. You can purchase a ready-made kit or make one for yourself. They can contain anything from basic survival tools like water, food, and first-aid needs, to specialty items that match your family’s needs.
Suggested items to include in your preparedness kit include:
- Non-perishable food (for one to three days at least)
- First-aid supplies
- Emergency medications
- Battery-powered radio.
- Duct tape
- Cash/traveler’s checks
- Toiletry items
- Special needs items
- Important documents (i.e., birth certificate, passport, vaccination card, etc.)
- Pet food, pet supplies
- Any other special needs your family may have
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start gathering items and be prepared. Having an emergency kit ready can provide you and your family with a sense of security and sense of relief. It can ease stress during a difficult time. For more information and resources, visit the US Government’s site Ready.gov.