No person can ever really tell when to expect a crisis. The crisis can range from geographical issues such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or wildfire, to pandemics such as looming health crises that can be highly contaminable. When such a crisis hits, you can be distorted mentally and physically, especially if you were not prepared.
It is, therefore, wise for one to have an emergency supply kit ready to go. When you have a family, you may need to ensure that the emergency supply kit covers everything essential for everyone. In a crisis, you may end up having to be on foot since transportation at this time may be limited. It may be daunting to decide what needs to go into the emergency bag if it is your first planning on crisis survival techniques. Below is a list of the emergency kit supplies you need in case you have to grab and go in a hurry.
Water is one of the most important basic human needs. When preparing for an emergency, you may need to ensure that you pack enough gallons of water to sustain you during the crisis. It is estimated that the water should last you and your loved ones for at least three days. When packing, you may need to consider having one water storage container being metal for water durability and the rest being collapsible for reduced storage space need. However, when on foot, you notice that carrying many liters of water may not be possible. In this case, you may need to bring along portable water filtration systems or water purifiers. Therefore, if the crisis takes longer than planned and you come across water, you will have no problem-consuming.
2. Health and Hygiene
Most people never think of when packing for an emergency is their health and hygiene. When you leave your home in search of shelter from other places, you are left exposed. Even in a crisis, you still need to take care of your hygiene, and as such, you may need supplies such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, menstrual supplies, and diapers for your baby, sanitizers, and even tissue. However, no emergency kit can ever be complete without a first-aid kit. The first-aid kit may need items that you have no comprehension of, but this can be sorted when you visit a medical supply store for more information.
One is not expected to survive for a long time without food. Therefore, you need to ensure that you carry enough food to last you and your family for at least three days. However, when packing an emergency bag, it is wise to note that only non-perishable food can sustain you at such a time. Since kids love candy, you may also pack those to calm them during the crisis. Therefore, you may need to consider going for canned and dry food since they have long shelf lives. However, when you are thinking of storage space, rationed bars may come in handy.
- Light and Heat
One of the problems you may face in a crisis may be a shortage of electrical power. Therefore, it may be hard to maneuver, especially if it is on foot. Having light and heat supplies for backup is essential. When packing, you may need to throw in a portable flashlight and headlamps to ease your navigation.
You may also need to consider having heating supplies since you may have to camp outside for a while and rely on fire for light and warmth. Some of the best heating supplies may include fire-starter tools such as stormproof matches and lighters. Although lighters are the best option, you may run out of fuel and need a backup heating supply, and that is where the stormproof matches came in handy.
Communication is important during a crisis, especially when you have to leave your home with your family. When on foot, you may lose track of each other, and you must find a way of signaling each other your location or when in distress. One of the ways to achieve such is by packing whistles in your emergency kit supply. You can also opt to pack a weather radio that can constantly keep you informed about the crisis development in your area.
When packing for an emergency, the kind of crisis you face or your state determines what goes into your emergency bag. Ensure that your emergency kit supply contains essential things you need to avoid inconveniences.