… Survive an Emergency!

I’m sure you heard the horrible news about the terrorist attack in Brussels this week that killed 31 people and left over 250 others injured.  With so many different attacks happening in our world, country, state, town, and neighborhoods, I am always left thinking what would I do in that situation?  I’d like to think that I’m savvy and resourceful, but when panic and fear strike, they can be paralyzing.  Over the last couple days, a topic of conversation in my office has been about this very topic… what would you do in an emergency situation?  Luckily, my boss had some great ideas because she and her close friend got together a few years ago to create their own personal emergency kits.  The kits have items in them that would be helpful and useful if a real emergency happened near them.  Since making the kits, the group gets together annually to update and brainstorm new items that would be good to add to the kits.  As emergency kits can be very expensive, making a customized, grab-n-go kit is a really smart idea, so this week I’m going to give you some ideas of what should go in an emergency kit, so that you can create one!  Honestly, you can never be too prepared when shit goes down, so having a kit that has important documents, food, water and other necessities that can get you through several days of an emergency can be a game changer to your survival.

Before I get into the basics, I want to make sure that you know that this kit can be expanded to add more things based on your needs.  If you have kids, pets, elderly parents, or special medical, these are all things that need to be considered.  Once you get the essentials in your kits, definitely customize it to what you need to survive.

Survival Emergency Kit 101

There are tons of kits that you can buy out there from Costco or Target, but making your own will give you an opportunity to take stock on what is actually needed for you to survive.  As I said earlier, my boss’ emergency kit is an old backpack that is loaded with a number of things that will get her through a few days in survival mode.  Here is a list of basic items that are in her kit:

  1. Water (bottles are great, but adding heavy-duty reusable water bottle isn’t a horrible idea either)
  2. Food (think nonperishable like cans of tuna, soup, and veggies)
  3. Manual Can Opener
  4. Tennis Shoes & a couple pairs of socks
  5. Crank or Battery operated Radio with extra batteries
  6. Extra hair ties (super cheap and can be used for other things)
  7. A 7-day supply of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, and other medicines (keep them together in an organizer)
  8. Chapstick or lip balm
  9. Wet wipes & Hand Sanitizer
  10. Flashlight and extra batteries
  11. Garbage bags
  12. First Aid Kit
  13. Cash (remember to have a variety of bills sizes, especially smaller bills)
  14. Extra Clothes (long sleeved shirt & pants)
  15. Pen & Paper
  16. Feminine hygiene items
  17. Whistle (good to alert people where you are located)
  18. Ziplock Bags
  19. Multi-purpose tool
  20. Photo ID & Passport


Now that you have seen the essentials to the kit, let’s start to customize it for specific needs.  This is really a great time to think about what you absolutely need if something were to happen.  Take a look at the category lists below to get ideas:

Children

  1. Formula & Bottles
  2. Blankets
  3. Games (crossword puzzles, coloring books, puzzles)
  4. Diapers
  5. Diaper Rash Ointment & Children’s Formula Medications
  6. Family Emergency Plan in a Plastic Protector (this is where all your important info will be stored)

Adults

  1. Extra pair of G  lasses and/or Contacts
  2. Prescription medications
  3. Denture needs
  4. Jacket
  5. Sleeping Bag
  6. Water Purification Tablets
  7. Mess Kit
  8. Extra underwear
  9. Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, & Deodorant
  10. Emergency Plan (Here’s another option)

Pets

  1. Pet food (fill up a zip lock with food & treats)
  2. Extra Water for your pet
  3. Leash, Harness, or Carrier to keep up with your pet
  4. Treats & toys to keep them occupied
  5. Any prescribes medications
  6. Pet Poop Bags (these can be used for all kinds of things if needed)
  7. A Copy of Documentation of Pet Ownership (this could be helpful to have handy)

I hope that these lists will get the juices flowing for your own emergency kits!  For me, I’m already thinking of my personal kit and how I want to throw a little laid back party for my friends to make sure we all are being prepared as possible.  If you have a kit already prepped or have other items you think should be included one, take a picture and post it on your social media accounts with the hashtag #curvygirlsurvivalkit!  You already know I want to see it and get more ideas from you all.

xoxo,

M

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