For YEARS I’ve been talking about putting together an emergency kit. We inherited one from Micah’s parents when they moved but quick used the water during camping trips and got rid of most of the can food when we moved. After the robbery, I’ve felt more and more like I need to get our crap together. We need an emergency kits, fire escape plan, copies of all our important documents stored somewhere that is water and fireproof and list of emergency contact for when we’re home and when one of us (me) is away.
I think one of our first purchases is going to be one of these:
The house is so high and there’s only one way out right now. As soon as that exit out is blocked, we screwed. There are a number decks (3) on the house that would serve as a good way out if we had a ladder to use.
Of course, before I buy the ladders, I should really get this list together:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
The list above and more is available online as checklist.
I think we probably also need a first aid kit. We have some basics but not a complete kit. The Red Cross has a good one I should stop eyeing and just buy.
Do you have an emergency kit?