Squirreling for Surivival: Being Prepared for Emergencies



Been working planning to work on the house lately and one of the things that will finally be possible to do (thanks to some new storage) is to set up our emergency preparedness supply. I recently came across this great article written by Amanda Kuzak, from Kuzak’s Closet, for the Organizing Junkie website that really simplifies what can seem a daunting task to most people. Kuzak lists some staples:

Here are the items that should be in your kit, this list comes directly from FEMA.

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
  • Cash and coins.
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Depending on your climate, this items might come in handy too…

  • Jacket or coat.
  • Long pants.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person)

Kuzak also suggests keeping a condensed version in your car and one set aside specifically for the pets. This is great advice for everyone, no matter your living situation or where you live!

Photo from Organizing Junkie

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