Emergency preparedness is important to ensure your safety during any emergency situation. In this scenario, one of the most important things to take into consideration is the preparation of an emergency survival kit.
While it is ideal for every individual in the family to have a separate emergency survival kit, preparing these kits might not work out for many families from the perspective of their finances. In this scenario, it is pretty much important to prepare a large emergency kit for the entire family.
Although survival kits are prepared with a concept that you can carry them anywhere, it is not practically easy to actually carry these kitseverywhere you want. So, it is very important to make sure that your kit is not quite stuffed to be difficult to move. And at the same time, it needs to be large enough to ensure effective survival of your entire family for 3 days.
So, it is worth mentioning what you need to put in your family emergency kit.
Food needs to be your number one priority while preparing an emergency survival kit. And while putting food in the kit, you have to make sure that you are not just keeping the quantity of food in consideration but you are also paying attention to the daily calorie-count for each of your family members. For this purpose, you will need to note down the calorie needs and gather the food items based on this calorie count.
You are going to have to make sure that you get non-perishable foods only while preparing an emergency survival kit. Dried fruits and nuts, trail mix, high-calorie energy bars, and granola bars should be added in abundance.
Infant formula and diapers
If you have got infants with you, you have got to make sure that you have enough of the infant formula for their sustenance. Moreover, you are going to have to put enough diapers in the kit to meet your infants’ 72-hour needs. And make sure that you are not putting cloth diapers in the kit. While your children may be potty-trained, they might not be able to cope with the stressful situations. You will have to keep their requirements in mind as well.
Personal hygiene of every person is quite important no matter wherever they live. Therefore, keeping washcloths, wipes, toiletries and spare toothbrushes in the emergency survival kit is very important.
Important documents mainly include birth certificates, social security cards and passports. Make sure that you have kept these documents in waterproof bags.
While we are mentioning water in the last part of this article, it is one of the most important items to keep. As a rule of thumb, there should be one gallon of water per day for one individual. If your family is based on 4 members, you are going to have to keep 12 gallons of water in the 72-hour family kit. And if you are heading to an area where there is abundance of water, such as a water stream, you only need to have a water purifier.