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10 Crucial Items You Need In An Emergency Kit

10 Crucial Items You Need In An Emergency Kit

Your Emergency Kit Is Your Best Friend When You’re In A Crisis. 

Even if you’ve been done with school for years, you probably still remember the lousy feeling in your gut that came from a teacher suddenly springing a pop quiz on you. If you take that feeling and multiply it by 100, that’s about what it feels like to be stuck in an emergency without the resources you need. Whether you’re dealing with a natural disaster, home emergency, or something else, an emergency kit is the cheat sheet you always wanted for that pop quiz. A well-stocked emergency preparedness kit gives you everything you need to respond to a crisis, including food, water, tools, first aid supplies, and more.

In this article, we’ll be going over ten essential items that any emergency kit needs. Whether you're new to the realm of emergency preparedness or a seasoned veteran, you can benefit from the info you’ll find here. These items will help you respond to natural disasters, emergencies in your home, and injuries, but they can also come in handy if you’re a survivalist braving the wilderness, living in your van, or in any other circumstance where you need some extra backup to handle a crisis. Keep reading to learn more and get prepared for anything that comes your way! 

1. Masks 

Whether you’re aiming to stay safe from getting sick due to airborne viruses and bacteria, evacuating your home during a fire, or avoiding dangerous debris created by an earthquake or other natural disaster, a mask can help. Stock your emergency kit with an N95-style mask for each member of your family to provide protection from germs, smoke, and debris.

2. Hand Sanitizer

You won’t always have access to soap and water in an emergency, but you always need to keep your hands clean and germ-free. Hand sanitizer is an ever-reliable means of getting germs off your hands when you don’t have soap and water available. For a backup hand-cleaning method, you can also stock your emergency kit with packaged wet wipes.

3. Flashlight 

If the power goes out, you and your family need a reliable source of light that will last for hours. A battery-powered flashlight is a better option than the one on your smartphone when you’re in an emergency. This is because your phone needs to be plugged into a wall to stay alive and will eventually die if you are left without power for long enough. Make sure you pack extra batteries to use for your flashlight or for other battery-powered gadgets that you might need in a crisis.

4. Work Gloves 

If a natural disaster or other emergency situation leaves dangerous debris scattered around your home or neighborhood, you need a safe means of getting them out of the way. Heavy-duty work gloves are the perfect option. They’ll keep your hands safe from sharp objects like broken glass, metal, and rough rocks.

5. Hand Warmers

A means of keeping warm in an emergency is easy to forget about, but it’s definitely a necessary component in anyone’s go bag. Hand warmers are a huge help if you’re stuck in a situation where you’re exposed to the elements. They’re perfect for packing in your hiking gear, keeping in your car, or stashing in your home’s standby emergency supplies.

6. Hand-Crank Radio 

A trusty hand-crank radio will keep you updated on details about an unfolding crisis if you’re stuck without power, cell service, or other necessary resources. Many hand-crank radios also come with a built-in flashlight and USB charging port, meaning you’ll have an extra source of light and the capability to juice up your phone in an emergency.

7. Multipurpose Bags 

When you need to quickly leave your house and can only take a few essential items with you, a small multipurpose bag is a huge help. These bags can also store trash, dirty clothes, or anything else you might need to stow away if you’ve been forced to evacuate your home. These are another easy item to forget to stash in your emergency supplies, but well worth grabbing.

8. Non-Perishable Food 

Don’t rely on the food in your refrigerator or pantry in emergencies. You need something small, filling, and easy to carry that won’t go bad for years. This emergency source of food can stay in your go bag for when you need it most, sealed up and ready to eat in a crisis. Non-perishable food has an extremely long shelf life, meaning it won’t expire or get stale over time. Your emergency food stash isn’t something you want to dip into on a regular basis. Instead, keep it stowed away with the rest of your survival supplies and only access it when absolutely necessary.

One of the best choices for emergency food to pack in your survival kit is meal replacement bars. Similar to the protein bars you might see at the grocery store, meal replacement bars are designed to give you a major boost in terms of nutrition and calories in a small package. Unlike protein bars, though, meal replacement bars are much higher in fat and calories, meaning they’ll keep you full for longer. This might not sound ideal for day-to-day consumption, but in a crisis, it’s exactly the kind of food you’ll want to have handy.

9. First Aid Supplies

When you don’t have access to the emergency room or doctor’s office due to a natural disaster, you need to have resources available to take care of anyone in your family who’s injured. Your emergency kit needs to contain a comprehensive set of first aid supplies, everything you’d need to fix up a burn, cut, scrape, bruise, or another minor injury.

Getting a CPR certification and formal first aid training can be extremely helpful in upping your ability to respond to emergencies. Your first aid kit won’t be of much use to you if you don’t know how to use the supplies inside. Prioritize getting experience with using first aid gear, and, if possible, train the other members of your family as well.

10. Duct Tape

You read that right. In the event of a natural disaster or home emergency, there’s nothing better to patch up a broken window or stop a leaky pipe than duct tape. This humble, iconic little roll of tape can truly save the day when you don’t have the time or resources to reach for your toolbox. Of course, you don’t have to leave the duct tape as a permanent fix – you can make long-term repairs later. 

Do Whatever It Takes To Be Prepared. 

No one wants to get caught off guard by nature’s pop quiz, the natural disaster. The supplies in your emergency kit can mean the difference between being in hot water and having what you need to ride out a crisis. Take the time to assemble your own emergency preparedness kit or opt for a premade one from JUDY. By making a plan and gathering the resources you need to respond to emergencies, you’ll be doing your part to change the dismal statistics about Americans’ emergency preparedness. Don’t be in the majority who don’t have a plan for when emergencies happen. Instead, be part of the movement to make emergency preparedness the norm. It’s worth the effort and can save lives.

Sources:

https://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/food-recipes

https://thenationshealth.aphapublications.org

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/23

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