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Why You Need an Emergency Kit: The Importance of Preparedness

by Alana Gibbs on September 04, 2022

Why Is it Important To Have An Emergency Kit? 

It's no secret that emergencies can happen at any time. A natural disaster, a power outage, or even a car accident could leave you stranded without the supplies you need. That's why it's important to have an emergency kit packed and ready to go! In this article, we will discuss the importance of preparedness and how having an emergency kit can make your life a lot more comfortable during times or emergency or natural disaster, and maybe even save your life.

 

Common Sense Preparedness

While it's impossible to predict when an emergency will strike, it's important to be prepared for anything. As the saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry. An emergency kit is a great way to ensure that you have the supplies you need to get through any situation.

A basic emergency kit should include items like water, food, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and extra batteries. If you have the space, you may also want to consider adding items like a hand-crank radio, extra clothes for warmth and a back-up power supply.

In an emergency situation, every second counts. Having an emergency kit can help you save precious time by having all of the supplies you need in one place. If you're ever in a situation where you need to evacuate your home, having an emergency kit will help you grab everything you need and get out quickly. 

If you don't have an emergency kit, now is the time to start packing one! Not sure where to start? We've got you covered.

 

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What Should I Put In My Emergency Kit?

We've spent a lot of time researching the items that will have the biggest impact when you need to quickly grab a bag or box and go.

Here is a list of the top 10 things you should have in your emergency kit:

1. Water

2. Food

3. Medication

4. First Aid Kit

5. Flashlight

6. Radio

7. Extra Batteries

8. Cash

9. Clothing

10. Personal Documents

 

Water

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Water is essential for survival, so make sure to include plenty of water in your emergency kit. You'll need it for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

 

Food

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Food is another essential. Include non-perishable food that doesn't require cooking, like granola bars or dried fruit. If you have young children, include formula and baby food as well. Click here to see The Best and Worst Foods to Pack in Your Emergency Kit: The Ultimate Guide

 

First Aid Kit

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A first aid kit is a must-have in any emergency situation. Be sure to stock it with bandages, gauze, tape, scissors, and any other essential items.

 

Torch

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A flashlight is crucial for power outages or nighttime emergencies. Be sure to pack extra batteries as well.

 

Radio

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A radio can be a lifesaver in an emergency situation. It can help you stay informed about the latest developments and find out where help is located. We recommend a hand crank radio that doesn't need electricity supply.

 

Cash

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Cash is also important to have on hand in an emergency. ATMs may not be working, and you'll need cash to buy supplies.

 

Clothing

Clothing is another essential item to include in your kit. Pack extra clothes for yourself and your family, including shoes, jackets, and hats.

 

Personal documents

Personal documents like your passport, driver's license, and birth certificate are also important to have in an emergency. Keep them in a waterproof bag to prevent them from getting damaged.

 

Other

This is just a starting list of items to include in your emergency kit. You may need to tailor your emergency kit to fit your specific needs. For example, if you have young children, you'll want to include diapers and formula. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, you'll want to include a supply of earthquake-safe water. You will also want to consider your pets including drinking water and pet food.

Below is a complete list of the items we recommend you add to your emergency kit, and you will find most of these in our Betty B Ready survival kit. We recommend packing enough items to last you at least 72 hours:

 

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Emergency Kit Checklist

Firstly, we recommend that you use a waterproof bag to protect all of the emergency supplies inside.

 

Personal Documents & Important Documents

  • Most personal information such as insurance documents are now stored online, however its common in natural disasters to not have access to them due to loss of electricity and internet signal, so it might be worth printing these out. We also recommend to include any important government information, birth certificates, passports and anything else that would be a huge pain to replace.

Warmth & Light

  • Stormproof matches
  • Snap-lights
  • Candles
  • High power LED torch 
  • Mylar space blankets
  • Beanie

Tools

  • Utility bags
  • Signal Whistle
  • Emergency hand-crank portable radio
  • Carbon steel knife 
  • Flint fire-starter
  • Multi-tool pliers + driver bits
  • Paracord rope
  • Duct tape

 

Food & Water

  • Water purification tablets
  • Water bottles filled with water 
  • Calorie ration bars with long shelf life
  • Emergency drinking water pouch

It's really important to pack non-perishable food that can last you for at least 72 hours. If you have no access to power, ideally the food is easy to open and doesn't require cooking. 

 

Protection

  • Rain ponchos
  • Safety sunglasses
  • Work gloves
  • Survival tarpaulin (With heat reflective lining)
  • KN95 95% Filter Masks
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Insect repellant

 

First Aid Kit

What should I put in my first aid kit? Click here to find a full list.

 

Other

Some other essential items to consider include personal hygiene items, sanitary items, toilet paper, spare batteries, pet food and a spare mobile phone preloaded with emergency numbers. You may also want to consider a backup power source such as a portable generator.

 

Where do you store your emergency supply kit?

Don't forget to leave your emergency kit pack in a handy place that's easily accessible! This could be an easily accessible closet, cupboard or even your basement or garage. And don't forget to prepare your animals! 

No matter what you include in your emergency kit, make sure it's easily accessible and that everyone in your household knows where it is. In an emergency, every second counts. Having a well-stocked emergency kit could mean the difference between life and death. So make sure you're prepared by including these essential items.

 

Betty B. Ready Emergency Kit

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Our Betty B. Reddy comprehensive kit is designed to assist by providing useful tools to you get through unexpected events. Use around the home, or take it with you if you need to leave the house in a hurry.

 

Stay Safe

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed an emergency kit or survival supplies? Share your story with us in the comments below! And don't forget to share this blog post with your friends and family to help them be prepared for anything! Stay safe out there!

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