Emergency Kit

I don’t need to tell you that when it comes to the weather these days you need to be prepared for almost anything. Blame it on global warming, global climate change or whatever, there does seem to be an increase in the severity of the weather and the storms we are being hit with in North America.

Take for example the recent tornados in the United States that reached into Ontario, and the floods in New Brunswick and other parts of Canada and the United States.

Add to that the man-made disasters like the recent nuclear problem in China, terrorism and who knows what else, it pays to be like the Boy Scouts, and “be prepared.”

That’s why you need to have an emergency kit on hand, ready to go at any time. I don’t want to be a doomsayer, but you never know when you might find yourself without electricity, or even worse, the knock comes on the door and an emergency worker or police officer tells you that you need to evacuate your home immediately.

When that happens, you need to be able grab some emergency gear and head for safety in a matter of minutes. That’s why you should have an emergency kit ready to grab and go, like this Deluxe Emergency Kit-2 Person, Emergency Zone® Brand, Disaster Survival Kit, 72 Hour Kit

This emergency kit comes with the following:
1 Large Backpack,
1 Flashlight with 2 DD batteries,
2 8 hour light sticks,
1 AM/FM radio with speakers and 2 AAA batteries,
1 box of 50 waterproof matches,
2 emergency blankets,
2 emergency ponchos,
1 tube tents,
2 3600 Calorie US Coast Guard approved Food Bars with a 5 year shelf life,
12 US Coast Guard approved Water Pouches (125ml each) with a 5 year shelf life,
1 bottle of 50 water purification tablets,
1 multi-tool knife,
1 5-in-1 survival whistle,
1 50 ft. rope,
1 pair of work gloves,
1 First Aid Kit (53 Pc),
2 N95 masks
1 Emergency Preparedness Guide.
These kits are also available in larger sizes, like the 4 Person Survivor Emergency Kit packed for a larger family size.

One note I might mention is that you probably should re-pack your emergency kit into a non-descrip back pack that isn’t labeled as an emergency kit so you don’t give lesser prepared individuals any ideas about taking yours from you.

Emergency RadioEmergency kit notwithstanding, as the lawyers like to say, we have found one item to be particularly useful at the cottage during storms, because these days it doesn’t take much to lose power.

During the last hurricane we were without electricity for four days. It sure was nice to know what was going on in the world by listening to our little hand-crank emergency radio.

These are a great emergency preparedness item to have, you don’t need batteries because they can be hand wound to provide power and radio reception. And the best part is, they are very inexpensive.

Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)Shortwave & All Hazard Radios)
The above radio from Etón Corporation can operate without batteries. Turn the crank to power it up or in the case of the Etón MICROLINK, harness the power of the sun to give it power. You can then listen to AM or FM radio for important updates.

It also has a built-in flashlight and you can also charge up your cell phone.

Extra Emergency Supplies
It’s important to mention, you don’t need to buy an emergency kit, you can make your own, but these kits come ready made, and include the items that you may need.

Regardless of whether or not you buy one or make your own, you should go through the kit and add any items that you or your family might need to survive.

For example, it might be a good idea to add a supply of necessary medicines to your kit to get you through a week or so in and emergency. I think you should add the following:

Extra flashlights, (one for every family member) and extra batteries
A sharp folding lock blade knife,
Several disposable lighters or waterproof matches,
Some disposable rubber surgical gloves,
Extra solar survival blankets,
A small hand held mirror,
6 candles.
Important phone numbers, including cell phones, for all family members, doctor’s office, etc.

I’d also add some camping folding cups and perhaps a can of some sort that you can use for boiling water or cooking over an open fire if necessary. You should also have a small tarp, say 8 X 10 and a roll of strong twine to use with the tarp if you need to construct a temporary shelter from the rain or even the sun. An 8 X 10 tarp folded flat from the manufacturer, doesn’t take up much room, particularly if you don’t open the package until you need it.

Keep in mind that you should have an emergency kit on hand both at home and at the cottage, you don’t know where you might be when a disaster strikes. Hopefully you will never need your emergency kit, but it will give you peace of mind knowing you are ready should the unexpected happen and these days, you never know……

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