Get a Kit! September is National Preparedness Month

Some things in Jennifer’s kit

If an unexpected natural disaster was to hit our area would you and your family be prepared to survive for a few days?  Many people including myself would probably NOT be prepared; we would be scrambling and going crazy trying to figure out everything we would need.  September is National Preparedness Month and we want everyone to be prepared. There are several great things that the American Red Cross suggests everyone should do and they are all listed on our website under the plan and prepare section. (Click here)

For me personally one of the easiest ways to be prepared is to make a kit. (And this does happen to be the first step of being Red Cross Ready) I remember last year when Hurricane Irene was approaching, I ran around the house making sure we had all the essential things we would need in case of a power outage. When the power did go out for several hours, me and my family sat in one area with some of these things in front of us on the floor.  If every household had a kit this would make life so much easier and we could focus on some of the other things that we need to do.

Here are some of the essential things to remember for your kit:

  1. Your supplies should be stored in an easy to carry bag that you can use in the house or to take with your incase of evacuation.
  2. It should also be somewhere that is accessible to all members of the family.
  3. Batteries, flashlight, battery-powered radio, non-perishable foods, water and first aid kit are the first things that usually come to mind.
  4. We also need to include phone chargers, list of medications, copies of personal documents for each family member, personal hygiene items, blanket, multi-purpose tool, map of the area and cash.
  5. The American Red Cross suggests that the kit include at least 3 day supply for evacuation and two week supply for home.

My mission during the next couple of weeks is to make my own kit and inform as many people as I can about making one for their family. Many of the essential items most of us already have in our homes, now all we have to do is put it all together. SO BE PREPARED AND MAKE A KIT.

Get more tips HERE on what should go into your “Go kit”.

-Jennifer Ingram
volunteer guest blogger

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