Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to pack an emergency kit for the family

Like a fire extinguisher or smoke alarm, an emergency kit is one of the most basic supplies that one needs to have in your home. Basically, the emergency kit is a simple container which includes essential support materials that one may need in case of emergency like fire, flood or other natural disaster. The content would be dependent on what type of incident you are preparing for, but like most accidents, they come as a surprise so it’s better to be prepared for any situation.  

Here are some of helpful tips to help you pack an emergency kit for your family.

1. It is very important to have a basic first aid kit at home. You can easily purchase this at your local drugstore or mall and add on to it. But if you would like to make you own, make sure that you have these essential items: alcohol, bandages, scissors, hydrogen peroxide for cuts or antiseptic solutions, aspirin, thermometer and latex gloves. 

2. If you are new to your neighbourhood, contact your local emergency department in the community to find out what possible incidents might occur in your area. You should take into account risks of flooding, earthquake, and fire, etc. This will be a helpful guide in identifying what items you should add to your emergency kit.

3. Regardless of your location and the disaster, in addition to the aforementioned items, it is handy to have as well a self powered flashlight, lighter, radio with batteries, a can opener or Swiss Army knife, and a list of emergency hotlines stored in a Ziploc bag.  The radio would greatly help to ensure communication should you need to be separated with a loved one. Include water on the list since it a basic need for survival, especially for children. Also consider medications of family members, along with some disaster relief food (non-perishable ones will do the trick).

4. Keep a running list. You may not be able to acquire every item on your list at once, so it’s always nice to have a guide on what you already have and what else you need to purchase (if any).

5. Keep your emergency items in a waterproof container. Better if they are stored in easy carry bacthat you can pick up on the go should an emergency occur. 



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