10 Steps to Getting Prepared for an Emergency
This list is a simple way for our family to prepare for an emergency and start our 72 hr. kits. I have thought about it many times and keep putting it off due to cost, space, or the fact that relatives nearby had extra clothes for my kids. Since the kids have grown and the relatives no longer have those extra sets of clothes I thought it best to really get prepared for our selves. We live in the Midwest so power outages, gas leaks, or being snowbound would be most likely the type of emergency we would encounter.
We homeschool and we were taking this week to work on crafts instead of traditional schoolwork. Now we will add work on survival, fire safety, and emergency prep as part of our school this week and probably part of next week. We will continue to work on getting our 72 hr. kits ready until we feel they will meet our needs.
- Research Emergency Preparedness
- Decide How much Prep you really need to do
- Create a List of Supplies Your have vs. List of Supplies you NEED
- Family Photo and Contact info for everyone- create a simple luggage tag or laminated card with family photo and parents’ cell numbers. Add numbers of close by relatives as well.
- Emergency Info onto Jump Drive- scan and save social security cards, drivers licenses, birth certificates, and shot records (awesome idea found on pinterest).
- Try your hand at homemade firestarters, camp stoves, alternative power source or instructables survival items. Practice fire safety. Talk about matches, candles, etc. Gather candles and matches for kits.
- Pack your 72 hr. kits or at least start them with what you have on hand. Think about kids current sizes and layering for the next 2 seasons. Remember hats and gloves for winter.
- Prep your food- create simple menu with the items you have on hand. Brainstorm of other foods that do not need cooked and that will replenish your energy. Think of a couple of comfort snack foods that can “weather” a storm and bring a smile to your kids’ face.
- Prep your car- make sure you have first aid kit, emergency roadside kit, and a useable spare tire along with extra warm blankets !
- Prep your kids- keep it light-hearted and fun! Think of it as an adventure or preparing for camp. Practice fire escape plan and evacuation/contact procedures.
I came up with these ideas while searching out ideas on pinterest. I have a whole board dedicated to Emergency Preparedness which includes 72 hr. kits/24 hr. kits/first aid kits and another to Camping.
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