11 Easy Tips For Family Emergency Supplies

Happy 2011!  At the start of this new year, consider these 11 easy ways you can prepare your family for an emergency:

  1. Know Your Risks
    Plan for the disasters that are most common where you live. Maybe it’s a snowstorm over a hurricane or an earthquake instead of a tornado.  Know your area and don’t forget about flood preparation – the most prevalent natural disaster in the U.S.
  2. Plan Ahead
    With focused and strategic shopping, you are more likely to get exactly what you need and save money. Prices can skyrocket before a hurricane, wildfire or other imminent emergency.
  3. Budget For Preparedness
    Consider emergency supplies as a standard expense. Even $20 a month can go a long way to help you be ready. Simply buy one preparedness item each time you go to the store.
  4. Personalize Your Kit
    You may not need everything included in ready-made 72-hour kits and there may be extra items you require based on your family situation. Don’t forget personal medication and pets.
  5. Check and Test Regularly
    Don’t just replace your kit items annually, consider cycling through items that have a shelf life (food, batteries, etc.). As with smoke alarms, test your radio and flashlights at least once a year to make sure they are in good working order.
  6. Store Your Own Water
    Forget about buying expensive bottled water.  They can be handy for short-term needs, but not for long-term survival purposes.  Store your own water in large, safe, disinfected containers.
  7. Get Practical With Gifts
    Give and request emergency kits and supplies as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas. What if your friends and family gave you gifts that could save your life? Don’t forget to help them by sending emergency gifts their way, too.
  8. Manage Your Coverage
    Review your insurance policies annually and make any necessary changes. When emergencies strike, you want to be confident your coverage will help you sufficiently recover. Renters should also have policies to cover personal property.
  9. Prepare To Communicate
    Keep your contact records current. Maintain an accurate list of emergency contact numbers, family, friends and neighbors.  Consider buying short wave radios to communicate when cell phone towers go out.
  10. Get Creative With Expenses
    Trade one night out to fund a 72-hour kit. A nice dinner, a movie, and a babysitter will often cost between $70-$100.
  11. Cover Your Bases
    Don’t forget to have kits and supplies in your car and at work.  The average American spends more than two hours per day in the car and many more at work.

Preparedness = Peace
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably already well on your way to being prepared.  Remember, the more you prepare, the less there is to fear.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I think this post is spot on and long over do. People need to think about where all the problems we have are leading up to. You need to be prepared for anything everyday something crazy happens, and the television is just turning us into zombies. We have to break away and think for ourselves. Being prepared is better then not. Better safe than sorry. Great article. I hope more people wake up like you have.

  2. Posted March 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this. I have been looking into survival gear and its really important to be prepared just in case. I have bookmarked your site and will visit it again later!

  3. Posted April 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SO much for posting this! It’s vital that we stay prepared for disasters because they truly can strike at any time. Especially during these spring months when tornadoes and other forms of severe weather are very likely in our hometowns, we need to be prepared! Thanks again, and happy Earth Day!

  4. Posted April 29, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    This post is very important for all people to know. We all should start looking ahead and learning how to prepare for an emergency. We never know when something drastic may happen. Just this week in the South East US, tornados struck in several states and many lives were lost, millions are without electric power and living in the dark. This is when one’s preparedness would would be put to the ultimate test.

  5. Posted November 22, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Great article! I love the list of survival skills/a>. It’s so important to learn and prepare for an emergency.

  6. Posted December 9, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips. All the natural disaster we’ve been seeing lately has kind of jolted me into making sure I am prepared. I already bought a basic survival kit for my family. But I just bought the one. I didn’t think about more to store in other locations, like my car or at work. This is a really good idea because who says I will be at home when a disaster strikes, or even if I will be able to get back there once it happens?

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