Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Making An Emergency Supply Kit

In the event of any kind of emergency, such as an ice storm, you need to make sure you have a supply kit with all of the important materials you might need for the family. You can make emergency food storage kits by using a plastic container with a secure lid. Use a container that is large enough to hold enough items to last each family member for at least three days. You might not need this much food and other items, but it's best to know that it's on hand instead of not having it when it's needed. 

When you begin making your kit, take your time in deciding what to include. If you have an infant or a baby, you want to add formula and baby food that is nonperishable. Keep a few empty bottles and bottled water for the baby as well. Each family member should have one gallon of water for each day. The water doesn't have to go in the container, but you need to keep it in a safe place where you know to look when the power is out or if you are unable to leave the home. Think about the types of food that you add to the kit. Items should not need to be heated, and you should include foods that don't require a can opener. However, adding a can opener to the kit is a benefit in case there is something that needs to be opened. Crackers, peanut butter and canned fruits and meats are ideal as they will last longer than items that are in a resealable package. 

You don't have to spend a lot of money on your food kit. Shop at dollar stores, and use coupons to get items that are on sale. Don't forget bulk supplies of items like paper towels and canned foods so that you have a substantial amount of products that might be needed. Other things to consider adding to your kit include wipes for washing the hands and face, batteries, flashlights and a small radio so that you can hear any announcements that are made from news stations.

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