Typical Prepping

The Basic Emergency Supply Kit

January 19, 2021 Keith Thomas Season 1 Episode 4
Typical Prepping
The Basic Emergency Supply Kit
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After an emergency, local responders and relief workers will show up on the scene but they can’t reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it could take weeks.

Basic services such as electricity, water, gas, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, weeks, or even longer.

Are you prepared to provide the basic needs of your family, such as food, water, and other supplies?

Today we’ll take a look at the how, what, and where that is needed to build your emergency kit!

Key Topics:

  • Basic Emergency Supply Kit Contents
  • Maintaining the Emergency Supply Kit
  • Emergency Supply Kit Storage
  • The Emergency Car Kit

1.Preparing your car for emergencies

2.Car safety tips


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The Basic Emergency Supply Kit

After an emergency, local responders and relief workers will show up on the scene, but they can't reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it could take weeks. basic services such as electricity, water, gas, sewage treatment, and telephones might be cut off for days, weeks, or even longer. Are you prepared to provide the basic needs of your family such as food, water, and other supplies? Today, we'll take a look at the how, what and where that are needed to build your emergency kit.

Welcome to typical prepping the podcast dedicated to everyday readiness and disaster preparedness. We're here to help those folks who seek to start their own disaster preparedness plan or those who have gotten started but are not quite sure where or how to take the next steps. Each week, I'll present a disaster preparedness topic with actionable tips and strategies that you can implement to start or grow your personal disaster preparation. Thanks for stopping by to listen today.

Hi, I'm Keith and welcome to typical prepping. Today's episode is part three of our series on building an emergency preparedness plan for your family. So far, we've covered the family emergency communication plan, the financial disaster plan. Today we'll wrap up the series with how to build your personal emergency supply kit.

An emergency supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. I've created a list of basic supplies for you to get started building your kit. The link to the list is available in the show notes.

You can find most of the supplies at your local dollar store, or check out our friends at Survival Frog. They carry a variety of items suitable for your emergency kit. You may choose to buy a pre-packed kit, like the one sold by our friends at 1-800-prepared.com. They have basic kits for one person and up to 10 people as well as other specialized kits and supplies.

If you feel you want better quality items, than you're able to source locally, I would suggest that you start with the inexpensive items and upgrade in the future.

The main idea here is to put together a kit you can use now!

To assemble your kit. Store your items in airtight plastic bags, and put your entire emergency supplies kit in one or two easy to carry containers such as plastic bins, backpacks, or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit includes the following recommended items. 

  • Water, (you'll need one gallon per person per day for at least three days. And this was for drinking and sanitation.)

  • Food (at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food.)

  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio with NOAA weather radio and tone alert.

  •  A flashlight

  • Extra batteries.

  • A whistle to signal for help.

  • A dust mask to help filter contaminated air,

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering in place.

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic tabs ( this is for personal sanitation,}

  • A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. 

  • A manual can opener for food,

  •  Local maps,

  • And a cell phone with chargers and a backup battery.

Some of the additional emergency supplies that you may consider adding to your emergency supply kit are;

  •  Masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes,

  •  Prescription medications,

  •  Nonprescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrheal medication, antacids, or laxatives

  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses and solution

  • Infant formula bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream, 

  • Pet food and extra water for your pet

  •  Cash or traveler's checks

  •  Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof portable container.

  • A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

  • A complete change of clothing appropriate for the climate and sturdy shoes,

  • A knife or multi-tool 

  • A fire extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container,

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items,

  •  Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils,

  •  Water filtration and purification supplies,

  • Paper and pencil

  • Two-way radios

  •  And books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children.

So now that we've gone over the list of items for your supplies kit, let's talk a bit about maintaining your kit. After assembling your kit, remember to maintain it so it's ready when needed.

And maintenance of the kit is fairly simple.

  •  Be sure to keep canned food in a cool dry place.

  • Protect your kit from extreme temperature changes,

  •  Rotate or replace expired items as needed.

  • And rethink your needs every year and update your kit as your family's needs change.

 And that's about all there is to maintaining your kit. Let's talk about some storage locations.

Since you don't know where you'll be when an emergency occurs. Prepare supplies for home, work, and cars.

At home, you can keep this kit in a designated place such as a closet, cabinet or basement and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. The home kit can be kept in a storage tote marked and sealed for emergencies and make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

I recommend the storage totes that have holes around the edges so that you can seal the lid with zip ties. This deters your kit from being prematurely opened and contents being used for non-emergency purposes.

This also helps to keep rodents out during storage. 

You may want to consider attaching a list to the top of your kit with expiration dates for the contents.

Just as a reminder, this kit should be equipped with essential supplies for three days. However, some of those supplies still have an expiration, whether it's a year or 10 years.

A simple way to attach a list to the lid of a tote is to use a one-gallon freezer bag and a strong two-sided tape. Make sure the latest clean. Use a couple of strips of two-sided tape cut to the length or width of the freezer bag. Attach one side of the two-sided tape to the freezer bag and tape the freezer bag to the lid of the tote. A one-gallon freezer bag will perfectly accommodate an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper with the names of contents and their expiration date.

You should also have an emergency kit for the car itself. In case you're stranded keep an emergency supply kit in your car. This is going to be equipped with the same 3-day emergency supplies as you would for home or work. Along with these automobile extras.

  • A set of jumper cables

  •  Road flares or reflective triangles

  •  Ice scraper

  • Car cellphone charger

  • A blanket

  •  A map

  • Kitty litter or sand and this was for better traction in inclement weather.

These extra supplies can be packed in a separate storage container if you have space in your vehicle. While we're on the subject of cars, I'd like to talk a little bit about preparing your car for emergencies.
 And some of the following checks you should be doing on a regular basis in case of emergency and that is to:

  •  Check your antifreeze levels
  •   Battery and ignition system
  •  The brakes
  •  The exhaust system
  •  Fuel and air filters
  • Heater and defroster. Make sure that those work
  •  The lights and flashing hazard lights
  •  Oil
  •  Thermostat
  •  And windshield wiper equipment and washer fluid level.

 If you have the money and storage space in your vehicle, you might consider carrying some basic replacement parts and tools in a small bag in your car.

 As we wrap up this episode, I want to go ahead while we're still on the subject of cars and talk about some car safety tips with you.

  •  The first is to keep your gas tank full in case of evacuation or power outages. A full tank will also keep the fuel line from freezing.

  • Do not drive through flooded areas. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control or possibly stall and a foot of water can float many cars.

  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may be weakened and could collapse under the weight of the car.

  • If it becomes hard to control your car during an emergency, pull over, stop the car, and set the parking brake.

And remember to take into consideration the types of emergencies both natural and man-made that could typically take place in areas where you live when assembling your emergency kit. When building your kit, make sure to start with the bare essentials and build up from there. Adding car and work kits or individual kits for each member of the household as time and money permits.

 I hope you've enjoyed this series and can use this information as a foundation for building your personal family emergency plan.

Well, that's it for this week. Thanks for listening. And join me on next week's episode when the topic will be rethinking your mindset. I'll be discussing how you can develop a survival mindset.

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Basic Emergency Supplies List
Additional Emergency Supplies
Maintaining The Kit
Storing The Kit
Emergency Car Kit
Preparing Your Car For Emergencies
Safety Tips For Driving During Emergencies