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Preparedness in 2014

Updated on September 17, 2014

If you are ready for what comes next, you have some peace of mind.


It's not too late, yet.

The table below has a list of "Items You May Wish You Had" for various types of emergencies you will want to prepare for.

It is suggested that you print out the list and use it to indicate which items you have on hand, and which items have priority for obtaining in order to better complete your preparedness supplies, and planning.

There is one table for household items, and another for items to have available in your vehicle, if you have one, and another short table of items to have should you need to evacuate your residence. Those last items could be in a "Grab and Go Bag."

As you think about the listed items, add your own such as "Heirlooms," Genealogy Records, " and these days "User Names and Passwords.".

Remember the tried and true saying: "An ounce of prevention/preparedness is worth a world of hurt," or something like that.

Some of the possible emergencies you may want to prepare for ahead of time:











Items You May Wish You Had (Available in the Home)

Emergency Radio
Emergency Tools
Collected Papers/Photos
Fresh Batteries
Emergency Plans
Heating/Cooking Supplies
Food Supplies
Fire Extinguishers
Seasonal Clothing
IT Gear/Cell Phone/iPad
Potable Water
Emergency Contact #s
Gloves & Rain Gear
Lists/Phone #s/addresses
Flashlights & Candles
Essential Medicines
Household Inventory and Photos
First Aid Supplies
Hand-operated Can Opener
Infant Supplies & Cleaning Supplies
Comfortable Shoes/Boots
Generator/Emergency Solar

Items You May Wish You Had (Available in your Vehicle)

Fully Inflated Spare Tire
Quick Energy Dry Foods
Toilet Paper
Tire Changing Tools
Wool Blankets/Air Pillows
Swiss Army Knife
Tow Rope/Reflector Vest
Ample Supplies of Water
New Flashlight & Batteries
Solar or Crank Radio
Flares & Caution Reflectors
Rain Gear
Insect Repellant
Ample First Aid Kit
Windshield Scraper
Hidden Spare Key
Collapsible Shovel

Additional Items If Leaving Your Residence

Credit Card
License & ID
Evacuation Plan
Banking Information
Insurance Papers/TitlesHousehold Inventory with Dates of Purchase, Cost, and Photos*
Medical Information such as current medications, allergies, blood types, etc.
Stamped Postcards
Zippo-type Lighter
Deck of Playing Cards

Is your vehicle reasonably ready to whisk you away, even in the dead of night? It takes gas too, you know!



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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Lady Guinevere - Not mentioned are some simple items such as sewing supplies for needed repairs, seeds for a future garden, games for young children, etc. Our individual circumstances determine what our greatest preparedness needs may be, and those should be at the top of our "To Do List." It's worth realizing that we will also want to be able to help others who may be less fortunate than we are at such times.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      We have most of those items. If we get flooded or something like that we better have the Ark here. We live on the west side of a forested mountain. We have slightly different emergency plans. Since the roads sometimes get real icy, especially at the top of the mountain where two main roads meet, we have lots of dry foods, a bottle or two of water and as mall shovel for digging out. We also have a wood burning fireplace and I have all the tools to be able to cook on or in the fire. Right now I am starting to make a emergency rations box with canned goods and such. They are calling for this winter to be a bad one. I hope not but just in case....

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      CrisSp - Be prepared, or start donating heavily to the American Red Cross for your fall-back plan! I'm glad these lists can give you a starting point for your future preparedness.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      AudreyHowitt - We live in "earthquake territory" too (right on the Wasatch Fault) and it is important to have earthquake insurance on the home and contents. Not every insurance company will provide it, but if you picture paying on the mortgage for a destroyed or badly damaged home at the same time that you are buying or renting another place to live....well it is not a major additional expense for the protection it provides.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - Very good point and I have adjusted the "leaving home" table to add that important detail. Thanks again for a valuable contribution that could make someone very happy in a time of need.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a very useful and practical reminder. Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Oh I really need to do this--we have nothing prepared and I live in earthquake country!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      This is a very good listing, a real "one-stop shop article."

      One thing everybody fails to mention is a list of household furniture, appliances, valuables, collectibles and other items of value that should be placed with someone you can trust or put into a safety deposit box. It also helps to have the purchase date and photos made in your home of the items. In the case your home is destroyed by any means, your insurance company will demand proof that you own these items. Voted up++ and shared.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Pawpawwrites - Out of curiosity, how many severe storms and tornado warnings/storms did your area of Kansas have so far this year?

      Then there are the forced evacuations and lost homes in California and Washington states, flooding even in Arizona, etc.

      It seems as if we have been warned to be ready, but still find it hard to gear up.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Always a good idea to have some sort of plan.