Let’s face it. You are going to face an emergency at least once in your life. Even if it’s getting stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, this qualifies as a pretty big emergency. You don’t want to sit there all day, do you? Of course not, so let’s talk for a bit about why being prepared for your next emergency is so important. Remember, it all starts with having the right emergency preparedness kit.

The Bare Basics

According to a Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman, William Booher, “It’s important to build an emergency supply kit and have it ready and available at a moment’s notice.”

Let’s start by talking about the bare basics that should go into any and all emergency kits. As you can imagine, flashlights and Band-Aids are essential. Another important part of your kit is water and lots of it. Ideally, you want at least nine gallons of water in your emergency kit. Sure, this may sound like a lot, but a three day supply for up to three people is a must. If you have children or a nursing mother that could possibly be with you in an emergency, then a larger supply of water is recommended. Also, if you live in a climate that is inclined to hot weather, extra water should be packed in your kit, too.

In addition to water, you will want to pack food, too. This food should be non-perishable and require no refrigeration. You can pack items that require cooking but make sure the only type of cooking they require is heating. A small supply of cups, utensils, and paper plates is useful to have on hand as well as a can opener. Lots of canned veggies and fruits are recommended as well as ready-to-eat canned meats. If you and your family enjoy granola bars, these are great to have in your kit. A can of peanut butter and packs of crackers are also good choices.

Moving on, your emergency kit will need a first aid kit inside of it. It is paramount that this first aid kit is well supplied. Inside of it, you need to include:

  • Antibiotic towelettes
  • A couple pairs of sterile gloves
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile dressings
  • Burn ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Non-prescription drugs and prescription drugs (if you take them)
  • Any prescribed medical supplies, such as glucose monitoring equipment
  • Medicine dropper
  • Eye wash solution
  • First aid book

Beyond the Basics

Once you have packed your emergency preparedness kit with everything listed above, you can then move on to adding other items. A compass can be of great help if you get lost out in the wilderness as well as a signal flare. A small container of bleach can be helpful, too, as you can use it as a disinfectant and also as a way to purify water. Remember, don’t use any type of scented or color safe bleach. You may also want to include scissors, a cell phone, and tweezers in your emergency kit. Additional items to include are:

  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Garbage bags
  • Wrench, pliers, and other small tools
  • Duct tape
  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • Extra shoes


The Takeaway

You never know when an emergency may take place. From being stranded out in the desert to evacuating your home because of a hurricane, being prepared is the single most important thing to do. As you ready your emergency kit, make sure you include as much food and water as possible as these two things will prove to be of the utmost value. And don’t forget you can never be too secure. To learn more about staying safe, contact Protect America today.