So I’m trying to strike a nice balance between preparedness and paranoia. That said, I’m thinking I’m going to pull together our emergency kit this week.
I think that, rather than assemble everything into one container, I’m going to simply assemble everything that is not already in our camping gear boxes into another box, thus making two (or three) smaller, more portable boxes. This will also avoid duplication and cut down on expense.
And, though the 72 hours website, and many other places, recommend storing supplies for 3 days, I’m going to hopefully amass enough food and water for one week, noting that we’ll need to rotate through the water and food to keep it fresh. Old water = nasty.
So here’s my list. Italics indicates it’s already in our camping supplies.
- 40 gal of water
- Lots of canned food, including PB, canned chicken, and canned tuna
- Lots of those instant put it in water no boiling necessary noodles
- Manual can opener and cooking supplies
- Little propane tanks for our cookstove
- Eating Supplies (plates, bowls, cups, forks)
- First Aid Kit (while we do have one in our camping supplies, I’d like a bigger one for the emergency kit)
- First Aid Book
- Document copies: birth certs, marriage cert, ss cards, id
- Phone Numbers
- Warm clothes and rain gear for everyone.
- Heavy work gloves
- Latex gloves
- Water Purification system (we do already have one, but I want to duplicate this)
- Hand sanitizer, soap
- Some TP
- Plastic Sheeting
- Garbage Bags
- Duct Tape
- Scissors and utility knife
- Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
- Plastic bucket
- Flashlight – crank
- Radio – crank
- Batteries (D and A)
- Matches, lighter (duplicate from camping box)
- Corded phone
- sewing kit
In addition, in an emergency, I’d grab the following from our house before leaving:
- Everything in our medicine drawer (homeopathics, herbs, pharma)
- Knitting (only half kidding)
- Guns and Ammo
- Sleeping Bags
- Go Bags
- Tools and fire extinguisher
In a nonemergency:
- Picture CDs
- Scrapbooks, Photo albums
- Portable DVD player and movies
- some fabric
So then, we also need Go Bags. One for each adult, one for kids to share.
- Radio – battery operated
- Dust mask
- Pocket knife (not needed in kid bag)
- Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
- Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
- Local map (not needed in kid bag)
- Some water and food
- Permanent marker, paper and tape
- Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
- List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
- Copy of health insurance and identification cards
- Old glasses (me only!)
- First aid supplies (divide between adult bags, none in kid bags)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Extra keys to house.
- Notebook and pens
- lip balm, sunscreen, allergy med
- In kid bag only: books, playdough, and Kid ID card.
- matches in waterproof container
- phone card
In addition to the stuff I keep in the car anyway (car supplies, first aid, work gloves, rain gear, emergency baby and kid supplies, etc)
- change of clothes for everyone (usually already there except R)
- Snacks, water (unopened)
- Notebook, marker
- Duct Tape
In addition, I need to:
- Learn how to shut off our gas
- Develop a family disaster plan (Done)
- Start talking to Wally about this stuff