Getting Started With Emergency Preparedness? We’re Here To Help.
JUDY was formed to help you get equipped with what you need to keep you and your family safe when emergencies happen. With one of JUDY’s emergency kits in your home, you’ll be ready with the resources you need to protect yourself and your loved ones during a crisis and to recover in the aftermath. Some people think having a kit like this is overkill, but we’re here to tell you that it’s better to be safe than sorry, and in the case of an emergency, you’ll appreciate being overprepared.
In this article, we’ll cover the contents of JUDY’s Starter emergency kit, the best option for anyone getting started with emergency preparedness. The Starter kit has eight items in it, all of which can make a huge difference in your ability to hold up in a crisis. To get you acquainted with the kit, we’ll go over these eight items and why each one is crucial to keep handy for emergencies.
Item 1: Whistle
JUDY’s Starter kit includes a bright orange whistle that’s easy to find and can be attached to a keyring or kept on a bedside table for easy access. In an emergency, a whistle is a perfect means of indicating that something’s wrong and that you need help. If there’s a crisis in your home and you need to rally your family members to get them evacuated quickly, this whistle can be a lifesaver.
Item 2: Glow Sticks
If your power gets knocked out by a storm, tornado, earthquake, or another natural disaster, you’ll need a source of light that doesn’t rely on batteries or a charger to work. Glow sticks are a perfect option, with each one providing you battery-free light for up to twelve hours.
If your power goes out, reach for the glow sticks in your emergency kit before using the flashlight on your smartphone. You’ll want to conserve as much of your phone’s battery life as possible when you’re in a crisis, since you may not be able to charge it for a long time. Fortunately, thanks to the next item in JUDY’s Starter kit, you can still get some power out of your phone if you’re in a pinch.
Item 3: Meal Replacement Bars
In an emergency, you need to make sure you have access to food that can keep you full and won’t go bad even after years of sitting on standby. The meal replacement bars in JUDY’s Starter kit are both non-perishable and calorically dense, meaning they’re the perfect survival food source. When you’re in a crisis and lose your access to food, these bars can save your life.
Each of JUDY’s Starter kits comes with two meal replacement bars, each of which can keep you filled up for hours. If you’re ever stuck without food, these bars will be your best friend. Since many natural disasters can cause power outages, the food in your refrigerator can end up going bad quickly. Keeping some non-perishable food sources in your pantry at home is a great idea in case you end up stuck at home without power due to a blizzard, tornado, or another natural disaster.
JUDY’s meal replacement bars each contain a good balance of carbs, fat, and protein, the important macronutrients you need to stay nourished and full. The bars are 400 calories each, enough to take the place of an entire meal, all while taking up minimal space in your emergency kit.
Item 4: Water Pouches
JUDY’s non-perishable water pouches are compact, easy to store in your kit, and the perfect way to make sure you have hydration on hand in emergencies. Water bottles can expire after a while, as the plastic weakens and ends up seeping harmful chemicals into the water, making it unsafe to drink. In contrast, JUDY’s water pouches stay good for up to five years.
If you’re stuck in a crisis where you don’t have access to water, it’s one of the most precious resources to keep in your emergency kit. You can go longer without food than with water, and dehydration can leave you compromised and incapacitated, hindering your ability to survive and recover from an emergency.
Item 5: Emergency Blankets
If you’ve ever been to a marathon, you’ve seen the finishing runners wrapped in shiny foil “space blankets.” The rationale for wrapping runners up in these sheets of foil after they’ve finished running a marathon is to help their bodies retain heat. These futuristic foil blankets are insulated, meaning they’ll help keep your body from losing heat. In emergency situations where you’re exposed to the elements and need to keep warm, an emergency blanket can be the difference between being freezing and staying warm.
An emergency blanket is extremely lightweight and won’t weigh your kit down like a full-sized blanket would. One of the most important rules to abide by with your personal emergency kit is to opt for items that will give you the most functionality while taking up the least space. This is why JUDY favors putting items in your emergency kit that serve multiple purposes (like a multi-tool, for instance), or are lightweight, compact versions of the essentials.
Item 6: Ponchos
A natural disaster can leave your home damaged or even force you to evacuate. In the wake of such a crisis, it’s essential to make sure you have protection from the elements. A compact, lightweight poncho is the perfect rain protection option for your survival kit. JUDY’s Starter kit contains two waterproof ponchos, which you can drape over yourself to stay dry and safe in the midst of rain and storms.
Item 7: First Aid Kit
One of the most important items in JUDY’s Starter kit is its pre-assembled box of first aid supplies. With everything you need to treat minor injuries like cuts, bruises, and burns, the first aid kit is a must for emergency preparedness. Whether you’re living in an area prone to natural disasters or just aiming to level up your home’s safety resources, keeping a first aid kit on hand is a must.
In addition, one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to get first aid experience. You can even get a CPR certification online or from a local business that provides classes. There are numerous ways to get educated on how to perform first aid and CPR, and they’re well worth the time they take.
Whenever you’re in a crisis, one of the items in your emergency kit just might end up saving the day. It’s important to remember that everyone needs an emergency kit, not just those living in areas prone to natural disasters. As you now know, an emergency kit contains items that can benefit you as you navigate day-to-day life, no matter what your situation is. Having access to the resources you’d need to respond to an emergency will also give you peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that if something bad happens, you’ll be equipped to deal with it.
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