Importance of an Emergency Preparedness Kit
In the United States, June is the official start of hurricane season. Whether you live near the Gulf, in the Northeast, or somewhere in between, hurricanes are a very real danger and you must be prepared for the worst case scenario. When a hurricane warning is sounded, it’s often too late to gather the materials you’ll need.
According to Houselogic.com, here are some tips for putting together your emergency preparedness kit:
1. Pack at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food with a can opener. Pack protein, fruit and vegetables, along with cereal bars, trail mix and candy bars. It’s also important to store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs. Make sure to keep all these items in a cool, dry place.
2. Pack flashlights and extra batteries. Candles are not recommended because they may cause a house fire.
3. Pack a first aid kit, which can be purchased in most department or hardware stores.
4. Pack a portable, battery, or crank-operated radio and/or television with extra batteries to remain connected in case the power goes out, as well as an extra cell phone charger.
As an alternative to making your own kit, you can buy one fully stocked from the American Red Cross. A kit with a three-day supply of essentials for one adult costs around $50 to $70.