With some recent bad weather, I have found myself looking up items that I should have on hand in case of an emergency. You never know when a tornado, snowstorm, flash flood, earthquake, etc. will pop up, and if your power is out for an extended period, you will want to be prepared.
Here are 5 things that I found to be useful for these situations. There are many more, but this is a good place to start:
I don’t like to buy bottled water that often, as we have filters on our faucet and refrigerator, but I will be purchasing some to have on hand in case of an emergency.
Candles and Wooden Matches:
As with bottled water, it is good to have a large supply of emergency candles, wooden matches and lighters in your home. This may become your only light source.
Stock up on any food that does not need refrigeration – packaged, canned, or bottled – that has a long shelf life. Don’t forget to the check expiration dates, and if the items are getting close to the expiration, use them and just replace as you go.
Radio and Batteries:
Having a small emergency radio is a good thing have around. It is a good way to be able to listen to the news if they are still broadcasting radio. Be sure to have batteries that are good too. Plus, I have found that you can purchase a crank-type radio that doesn’t use batteries. This would be ideal!
First Aid Kit:
A first aid kit is a must! The kit should contain a good supply of Ibuprofen, antiseptic spray for burns, stings and cuts, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and bandages.
The Red Cross has some emergency kits too that I am going to check into. Take a peek here.
Hope this helps! 🙂