This month is National Preparedness Month, when we are reminded of the importance of putting together an emergency kit and planning for potential disasters. As if recent events in Texas and Florida weren’t enough motivation.
In the Pacific Northwest, we need to prepare for earthquakes, volcanoes, severe winter weather and power outages.
Emergency kit basics for everyone
These items are considered critical to have in any family’s emergency kit — additions are up to you.
- 1 gallon per person per day
- Half of it is for cooking and sanitation
- Store food that’s high in calories and has a long shelf-life
- Consider meal replacement bars, canned goods and dry foods that don’t need cooking—and that you enjoy
- Flashlight with extra batteries or a hand-crank
- Glow sticks: long-lasting, inexpensive and easy to carry
- No candles, to minimize fire risk
- At least one change of clothing (wool or synthetic to wick moisture away from your body)
- Extra blankets, a tarp or rain gear
- Basic care like adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, scissors, tweezers and pain-relief medication
- Medications and equipment specific to your needs
Consider having emergency kits for your home, car, workplace and school. It may be wise to have a smaller kit ready in case you need to leave your home quickly.