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Emergency Preparedness:Adding Supplies, Medication,Documents, and Money to Your 72 Hour Emkit
Prepare Yourselves and Your Family: Wake Up and Smell the Emergency!
It seems as if every time I turn on the news, there is some form of a disaster that has just occured, natural or manmade.
Whether it is close to home or across the world, it always hurts me to see how many people are affected because of their current conditions. Now granted, we can’t always predict how the outcome will be or if we would be able to have access to our emergency kits, or water, or important documents. But wouldn’t it make us feel so much better with the knowledge of knowing that we have taken every precaution possible which included some form of Emergency Kit to help us get through a disaster?
I have said this before in my previous Hubs on "emergency preparedness" that you do not need to have a "natural disaster" occur to require the need for an EMKIT.
I have had several people tell me the following so many times:
“I am so thankful I do not live in a tornado zone or near an ocean. I don’t need an Emergency Kit like most people do.”
“We don’t get earthquakes where we live!”
“We own our own company, so we don’t need to worry about ever being out of a job too long.”
“One day I’ll get around to it. We haven’t had anything happen to our neighborhood for years!”
All I have to say to those sweet people is this… WAKE UP!
Emergencies are not choosy!
As a gentle reminder, your EMKITS are not just designed for natural disasters.
Every person and household is different. We all live in different situations; some wealthy, some not so wealthy, natural disaster, fire, and flooding zones, work environments that can change without notice, and so much more.
Don’t ever take for granted that you are safe from any type of emergency.
No one.. and I mean NO ONE is immune to the fact that someday, somewhere, somehow, you will need your EMKIT and no amount of money will help you. “Earthquakes and floods do not recognize how much money you have in the bank.”
Having an EMKIT promotes two things: 1) Helps you to be prepared for an emergency, and
2) It gives you that feeling of relief to know that you and your loved ones are taken care of.
Just that knowledge alone is comforting to me!
In my first Hub, Getting Prepared in 2012, We talked about the importance of having an EMKIT and started you off by finding the right Backpack for each member of the family.
Then we found ourselves talking about the categories each EMKIT should have in our second Hub entitled 72 HR Emergency Kit (Fuel & Light), which are ESSENTIALS, PERSONAL, and NON-ESSENTIALS.
A quick overview of the categories are:
The ESSENTIALS list
This category contains a list of items that EVERYONE will need no matter your gender or age.
The PERSONAL list
Contains items that YOU will need as an individual for your personal needs, such as a prescription.
Items that are not necessary, yet can add calmness to your world when it’s turned upside down. For example: a Coloring book and crayons for a child, a book or game for an adult or teenager, etc.
We also added fuel and light to our Essentials Category in that hub.
In my next Hub, I brought to the table another important section in the Essentials Category: Equipment, which included everything necessary for outdoor use, cutting, burning,etc. and my recent Hub continued its focus on the Essentials Category and introduced you to the importance of proper clothing and bedding used in an EMKIT.
Making a List and Checking it Twice
In this Hub, we focus on the Personal Category which will be divided into two sections: Supplies/Medication & Documents/Money. Both which are very instrumental in having what you would need in any emergency.
Supplies and Medication needed:
First Aid Kit (Be sure to update it every 6 months. Replace any outdated items)
Toiletries: includes (roll of toilet paper—remove center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag
Folding brush or comb
Toothbrush and traveling size toothpaste
Cleaning Supplies: (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.
**Warning-Scented soap might “flavor” food items.)
Bath towel/Hand towel/wash cloth
Hand wipes (they come in flattened containers for easy packing)
Over the Counter Medication :(Baby Aspirin, Ibuprofen, allergy pills)
Prescription medication and Children’s medication (for 1 week)
*All medications should be updated every six months
Adding Supplies, Medication,Documents, and Money to Your 72 Hour Emkit
Place the following in a water-sealed container:
Legal Documents ~ Wills, marriage/birth certificates, passports, contracts, and Insurance policies.
Prepaid Phone Cards
It's very easy to say, "someday I will get around to it" or "I don't know where to start."
The point is to take it in baby steps. That's the reason behind each of my hubs as they take each category one step at a time. Start with one category and check it off your list. The great feeling of knowing that you are that much closer to accomplishing your EMKIT will be very satisfying.
How Prepared Are You?
Do you have your Emergency Kit prepared?
Other Hubs you may find useful
- Emergency Preparedness:Getting Prepared for any Disa...
Putting our lives in order as we prepare ourselves in 2012 focuses on food storage, 72 Hr Emergency kits (EMKITS) and finances.
- Emergency Preparedness: 72 Hr. Emergency Kit-Equipme...
In this Hub, we will stay focused on the ESSENTIALS category in the area of “Equipment.”
- Emergency Preparedness: 72 Hr Emergency Kits:Supplie...
Don’t ever take for granted that you are safe from any type of emergency. No one.. and I mean NO ONE is immune to the fact that someday, somewhere, somehow, you will need your EMKIT and no amount of money will help you.
- Emergency Preparedness: 72 Hr. Emergency Kit-Non-ess...
Now, even though it is categorized as Non-Essentials, this category can be very important to you and to each of your family members during an emergency, particularly if you have small children.
- Emergency Preparedness: 72 Hr. Emergency Kit-Bedding...
Hurricane Iniki was the third most damaging hurricane in U.S. History and the most destructive hurricane to the Hawaiian Islands in this century.
- Emergency Preparedness: 72 Hr Emergency Kit-Fuel and...
72 Hr. Emergency Kits (EMKITS) should have Fuel & Light as part of the essentials needed to survive any disaster.
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About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.
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