Personalize your online experience to stay up-to-date on news, events and other information. Pack items in easy to carry containers, label the containers clearly and store them where they would be easily accessible.
Make sure the needs of everyone who would use the kit are covered, including infants, seniors and pets.
It doesn’t matter where you live, you are susceptible to an earthquake, hurricane, snow storm, power outage, flood, etc.
Before I talk about the emergency kit you need to have in your home, I want to talk about the emergency kit you should have in your car.  An emergency could happen while you are driving so it is smart to have a small tub in your trunk with a few emergency essentials.
This is what my emergency kit for my car looks like, it has a blanket, an extra pair of sneakers and socks (just in case I am wearing heels or sandals and need to vacate my car and walk), a flashlight, a power flare, and water.
Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries. I stock my kit with non-perishable food from Costco because it comes in bulk.  I chose items that we would eat normally like tuna, protein bars, peanut butter, fruit cups, canned chili, canned beans, and pasta. There is also an extra pair of shoes, towels and blankets, moist wipes, and at least 3 days worth of water.  If you have a pool or live next to someone who has a pool think about investing in a high quality water filter. Flashlights and a radio with extra batteries and a Powerflare, first aid kit, and toilet paper.  If you have never heard of Powerflare go to their website, it is a much safer alternative to a flare.
Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life. Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trashcan, camping backpack, or duffel bag. Do you have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go?  If not I do hope you find the above tips helpful to put one together soon. I would highly suggest to add seeds to germinate, like sunflower seeds, and wheat, and alfafa… That will generate a lot of food in a few days. You can cook pasta over an open flame fire, like a campfire or bbq We had to cook like this during the midwest ice storm of 2007. Carisa, instead of kindling you can save dryer lint in ziplock baggies for use as kindling.
Stuff empty toilet paper rolls with dryer lint as a good fire starter that will burn longer, giving you more time to add to it.
Empty egg cartons work well too – stuff dryer lint in the wells and pour melted crayons or candle stubs over the lint. I would recomend a Honda generator because it takes one third the gas of the others Some generators need to be filled every 45 minutes. I recommend a Humless Solar Generator, so you aren’t having to store fuel, which has to be rotated and is bulky.
When taking gasoline along be sure to store it far away from food, clothing and medications. Want to be a Block Captain?Organize your street or neighborhood for emergency preparedness by assessing the needs, skills, and resources available on your block. Stock supplies such as a battery-operated radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a first-aid kit with bandages and disinfectants. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)CERT is a community based group of volunteers that have completed a federally recognized training course taught by local Public Safety Personnel and First Responders. The training is a comprehensive program detailing ways to assist family, friends, neighbors, and your community in small or large scale disasters. In this week's challenge we'll make an emergency preparedness kit to make sure our family is secure in the case of a disaster or other emergency, plus do a few other safety related tasks around our homes as well. While that is the bad news, the good news is that we can prepare for those emergencies, and doing so is something that can help us feel a bit more in control again, and ease our worry.
It can also mean the difference between being slightly comfortable in a bad situtaion, as opposed to really uncomfortable, or even more importantly, sometimes it can be the difference between life and death. That's why in every organized home there should be an emergency kit that can help you weather whatever disasters most likely would effect the area you live in, as well as taking several other safety precautions. The first step in this week's challenge is to take steps to become prepared for fires, natural disasters and extreme weather that can occur in or surrounding your home.


The natural disasters and types of extreme weather you can expect and should prepare for, to an extent, are different in each area of the country, and really the world. So consider this more general advice that I'm providing below in the lens of those particular disasters, such as earthquake, tornadoes, hurricanes, or something else entirely, and make sure whatever preparations you take will be adequate for the type of disasters you're more likely to experience.
For each type of emergency or disaster that your household needs to prepare for, you need to talk to your family and develop a plan for how to prepare for it.
All adults, teens and older children should know how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
Choose two emergency meeting places for your household, one outside your home, but close by, and one outside the neighborhood in case you are gone when the disaster occurs and are not able to get back to your home again.
Routinely check your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and flashlights to make sure they are in good workig order. Make a plan for your pets as well, and consider that many emergency or disaster shelters do not allow pets. If a fire or natural disaster occurs, or you're the victim of theft, it is important to know what the contents of your home were, so that you can work with your home insurance company to replace your belongings.
I actually believe this is so important that I've added creating a home inventory as an entire challenge in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, and we'll be working on it together later this year.
Suffice it to say during this challenge that you need to keep your home inventory in a safe place, with at least one copy preferably outside your home, such as at a trusted friend or relatives home, or in your safe deposit box. Finally, it is important for everyone in your home to have ready access to an emergency contact list. Of course, many of you may have already filled out this form earlier in the Challenge, as part of the Organize Contact Information Challenge. The reason is that emergency situations may limit your access to food, water, heat or other necessities and you need to be prepared. Some people suggest having more than just three days worth of supplies, and I am not saying you don't want to go above and beyond, but if you don't have any type of emergency kit at all I suggest starting with a three day version, because it is really the minimum you should have. I've created a complete emergency supply list for you to use when creating your kit, which includes a free printable that you can reference whenever you need it. Please remember that we will work on our first aid kit for our home during the Organize Medicines & First Aid Kit Challenge in just a couple of weeks. If you do not want to create your own personalized emergency kit, or you just don't have time to create one right now, you can purchase a three day emergency supply kit (also known as a 72 hour kit). Once you create or purchase your kit you have to remember to also regularly replace supplies as they expire or get too old. In addition, as your family changes circumstances and grows older you need to update things such as the size of clothes or shoes in the kit, add supplies for new household members, or update medications or even add extra eyeglasses for a family member who just got a new prescription, for example. To do all these types of updates I suggest getting into a routine of checking and updating your emergency kit twice a year, both at the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time. We need an emergency kit for our house, but we also need one for our car(s) since we are in them a lot as well. This is important all year round, but becomes especially important during winter weather as well. Finally, the last step of this week's challenge is to child proof your home to the extent necessary.
Obviously, if you have no small children living in your home, nor any that visit frequently, this won't take you nearly as long as for those with small kids. But we need to acknowledge that emergencies don't just happen with natural disasters, or large calamities like house fires, but can also just happen when we turn our back for just a second. Kids will be kids and it is our job, as caregivers, to provide a safe environment for them, especially for kids so young they just don't know better yet. I would love to know how this week's Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit Challenge is going.
I also love before and after pictures of organized rooms and areas, and would love to see some of yours. We're working on our homes slowly, one area at a time, so don't get too distracted from this week's challenge.
Next week we're going to focus on a method to keep our homes reasonably clean, most of the time, and that's by creating a house cleaning schedule, along with organizing our cleaning supplies and tools.


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It's good to involve whoever is going to use the kit, including children, in assembling it.
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The Create An Emergency Preparedness Kit Challenge is part of the 52 Weeks To An Organized Home Challenge.
That is why family involvement is so important, because in an emergency everyone needs to know what to do, to the extent that they're capable of acting on their own. It can help you not only to do exactly that, but also be used as a model for how to make similar plans for other natural disasters that may occur.
You can use Daylight Saving Time's beginning and end as a reminder if you wish, to do it twice annually.
This is just logical because if your home is damaged or destroyed in some way it might make your copy of your home inventory stored there inaccessible. But you should consider having a separate first aid kit for your emergency kit, because in an emergency you might need to grab your emergency kit quickly, and not have a chance to run to where you normally keep your first aid kit as an additional stop. It will not contain exactly the things on the list I created and mentioned above, but if you don't have time to do anything else, it is much better than nothing. I've created an article (at the link above) listing all of the items you should keep in your kit, and it includes a printable checklist, which you can use when creating your kit. You can tell me your progress or give me more ideas for how you've done it in the comments. Submit your pictures (up to four per submission) and get featured in the Creative Storage Solutions Hall of Fame. My integrity and your satisfaction are very important to me so I only recommend products I would purchase myself, and that I believe would benefit you. Join over 150,000 others and get tips, articles and organizing challenges sent directly to your inbox to help you get your house in order. Vinyl case contains 12 hour safety light stick, 10 latex-free bandages, 5 snip bandages, 2 2" x 3" adhesive pads, 2 knuckle bandages, 5 antiseptic towelettes, 5 first aid cream packets, 2 non adherent pads, 1 gauze roll, 1 roll adhesive tape, and 1 first aid guide. Use myConnection to gather the information that you most care about from across this website into one central location, giving you greater control over how you connect with your community. In a disaster situation, you may need access to your disaster supplies kit quickly-whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating.
In the meantime, I have encouraged my husband to maintain a minimum three day supply of firewood so we can camp out in front of the fireplace if nothing else. Following a disaster, having the right supplies can help your household endure home confinement or evacuation.



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