Emergencies and disasters are words that no family wants to hear, but unfortunately, they’re ones that can or will come up in everyone’s life. At Saint Joseph’s Hospital we want you to be prepared, so we’ve dedicated this blog post series to covering the ins-and-outs of emergency preparedness. So far in our emergency preparation series, we’ve covered prepping your food and water supply in the event of an emergency, and how to plan for the health and safety of your family and pets in case of an emergency and/or natural disaster.
This week’s post is dedicated to another aspect of emergency planning – how to properly plan for and stock your family’s emergency supplies. A basic first aid kit will include the tools needed for the initial treatment and care of minor injuries or illnesses, but in the case of an emergency or disaster, it’s recommended that you keep additional supplies on hand to make sure you’re properly prepared.
If you haven’t already checked out Part 1 of our emergency preparation blog series, first things first: your kit needs to include your water supply. Check out our tips to ensure your water and food supply are properly stored.
In addition to food and water, take a look at the following list to jump start your family’s emergency supply kit:
- Battery powered radio (with NOAA weather monitoring, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First- Aid kit (a standard kit from your local grocer or drug store is fine)
- Medications (be on the look out for Part 4 of Emergency Preparedness as we discuss how to stock a medical emergency kit)
- Cell phones with chargers and/or extra batteries
- Extra cash (this ensures that your family has access to money if needed, especially if you are no longer able to access a cash machine)
- Map of the area
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Emergency blanket
- Sleeping bag/blanket
Taking into account your personal family needs, evaluate the extra items that may also need to be stocked in your emergency supplies kit such as:
- Baby supplies (formula, diapers, bottles, baby food, etc.)
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Manual can opener
- Candles with matches
Now that you have the basics, what other items should be included in an emergency supply kit? Stay tuned for Part 4 of our emergency prep series, where we’ll cover medical considerations in the event of an emergency.