Emergency Preparedness:Getting Prepared for any Disaster
Back Packs that You Can Use for Your EMKITS
Emergency Preparedness a Must!
I have always been a firm believer that we should always be prepared. Not necessarily for the worst, but for the challenging times we sometimes have to face. I admit that more often that not, I have thought, “How in the world will I ever be able to finish or accomplish what I have started?” This would pertain to anything in my life that required my time and energy. Whether it be finances, home projects, emergency and food supply, or…yes.,,. losing those unwanted pounds.
With all the topics I have running through my brain, there is one that stands out at this time as we face a new year with uncertainty. The economy is in horrible shape and we have new elections upon us with the fear of more of our hard earned money being evaporated.
It is so important that we prepare our homes and our finances so that we can live without a great deal of fear. But, how do we do this?
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Doing it Together!
Before I go on, there is one thing I want to stipulate. I’m no expert, nor do I pretend to have all the answers. Heck.. even I need to start evaluating where I am at right now and change things up a bit. But there is one area that I have experience in and that is food storage and home preparedness. My hubs on this subject will consist of ideas from myself as well as those who would like to share. There are many wonderful sites that are very informative and very beneficial to this cause.
The whole purpose in emergency preparedness is to do it TOGETHER with friends and family.....and have fun doing it! We are taught that we should have emergency supplies, food, water, etc. for when the BIG EARTHQUAKE or HURRICANE or FLOODING hits.
Having lived through two hurricanes and a few earthquakes myself, I do know what it is to be prepared. What about the other unknown forces? Unemployment! Sickness! Fire! Theft! Inflation! No Fuel! There are so many factors in being prepared.
We must think outside the box and remember, that the extra food you have stored in your pantry or basement, may be needed for the two months mom or dad has been laid off of work.
This hub is going to be special for me because not only am I going to help you prepare for emergencies, I’m going to replenish and revamp my home as well. We’ll do it together and learn from each other as well.
Uh-Oh... here comes that question again!… How will I ever accomplish this?? Don’t worry! A baby needs milk before the meat. Therefore, we will be taking baby steps and making sure (we) set our goals and KEEP THEM! We are going to set weekly goals and then hopefully report and share back with one another to see how our progress is going. The most important thing we as individuals will need at any given time is a…… 3 DAY EMERGENCY KIT!
These kits are designed for you when you have to leave the house at that last minute with no time to pack! How comforting it will be to know that all you have to do is grab your pack (and a few other essentials we will talk about in Hubs-to-come) and leave quickly and safely and know that you and your family members are safe and together!
There are many wonderful kits out there. From the least expensive to the VERY inexpensive.
If you have the funds to go out and buy a kit.. go for it. If not, don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to create an EMKIT to suit each person in your family. That’s the beauty of designing your own EMKIT. Everyone has certain needs, and you will be able to accommodate those needs as you create your EMKITS.
But, one thing is for certain.. whether your RICH or NOT SO RICH.. EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE will need an EMKIT at least once in their life.
Let's Get Started!
Ok. are you ready to get started?
The first items you will need to buy (if you don’t already have them) are BACK PACKS for each member in your household. You do not want the small ones (purse size) you need a good hefty size that can carry about 30-40 pounds. I like to have pockets all over the outside for the smaller things (such as a sewing kit or flashlight). The first thing you will want to do is identify each person’s backpack. Everyone has their own preference. A couple of ideas would include: (If you have any ideas PLEASE SHARE!)
- Write FULL name in block letters on one of the backpack straps (be sure to use permanent marker)
- Attach a completely filled out luggage tag to the backpack (since the tags can sometimes be easily removed, I prefer #1 but usually do both!)
- I also like to have a "token identifier" such as a chain with a charm attached or multi-colored PomPom that is easily made. (Kids love to make these and they are so easy!)
Labeling each backpack makes it easier to identify when grabbing the packs in an emergency as well as making sure the correct items you purchase for specific needs go into the correct pack. Labeling also helps others identify your pack if you become hurt or missing.
You can also buy a different color for each person. (Kids like to choose their own color. This is a great way to get them involved!)
Did you Complete the Challenge?
Do you have your Back Pack Yet?
Now this is your challenge for the next two weeks! Purchase or find around the house a back pack for every member of your household. Remember that you do not need to spend a fortune on back packs. Take a family trip tot he thrift store or search for stores with sales on back packs. Be sure to check out eBay and Amazon for deals!
Don’t forget to let me know how you are doing!
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.