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Posted in Family and Friends | March 2015

Make it all about you


A basic emergency preparedness kit should contain essentials such as food and water, candles and matches, a flashlight, fresh batteries, a hand crank radio, extra cash, copies of personal documents, and first aid supplies. But a one-size-fits-all kit may not be enough for your family in an emergency, so it’s a good idea to customize your kit based on your family’s unique needs.

The Red Cross has some great suggestions for ways to make your home emergency preparedness kit all about you!

First of all, have a look at what the Red Cross suggests you keep in a basic preparedness kit, then consider the special needs of your family members and think about what additions you should make to it. Use the following list to help you customize your family’s emergency kit:

  • A 7-day supply of all prescription medication for each person
  • Special medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • A 7-day supply of baby items (bottles, formula, baby food and diapers)
  • Pet supplies (leash, collar, ID, food, carrier, bowl and any medication)
  • Games and activities for children (coloring books, story books, crayons, travel games)
  • Personal hygiene items (feminine supplies, moist towelettes)
  • Craft supplies (yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks and patterns)

It’s also wise to consider the climate and type of emergencies that are common in your particular geographical area when you’re putting your kit together. Based on your region you might want to include items such as:

  • Rain gear, winter jackets, hats and gloves
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your house
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

If you feel like getting crafty (March is National Craft Month after all), you and your family could make some of the items included in your kit—you can’t get more customized than that! And as an added bonus, handmade items are sure to be extra comforting in times of emergency:

A preparedness kit is meant to help you survive in a crisis, but with a little extra planning it can also help provide the kind of customized comfort and security you and your family will need too.


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