I would recommend that the first thing you will need in a major emergency evacuation, like the Katrina event would be $100 – $500 in cash. As people were leaving and had to fill up their car with gas they found out the stations were not taking credit cards and you had to have cash only. Lines at the ATM’s were long and the machines ran out of cash quickly. Emergency preparedness planning is the key.
In additon, to the normal items in your first aid kit, make sure your first aid kit contains Ipecac syrup to treat poisoning and/or keep numbers of the Poison Control Center, and other such numbers you may need.
In addition, most people forget about burns and having some burn free spray or patches really helps.
Everyone’s situation is different. Different medical, physical, pet, and family needs, besides the basic emergency kit, with some extra food and water. Our family has a meeting place where family members can gather in case of an emergency. Then we have another meeting place outside of town. You maybe could use a relative’s house in another state in case of a statewide emergency plan like a dirty bomb or hurricane. Your own emergency plan, is the key and once you have the plan built adding your supplies and updating your supplies and plan every yeear is easy.
You really need to think beyond just your employer’s emergency preparedness plan. You should determine which types of emergencies are most likely to effect you and your family. Consider medical emergencies, utility disruptions, terrorism, building lock downs, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, etc…
You really need to make a plan for each emergency and then review your communication scenarios. Being prepared depends on what your family needs in order to be comfortable and secure in the middle of an emergency situation.
Once you have made your ititial plan and gathered your emergency gear; do your rehearsal; and then review your plan and supplies every six months. As you keep bringing up your plan, in six months, you’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ll be able to make in your plan. Emergency forms, list, and resources.
I am an avid outdoorsmans and our family does a lot of camping. Nevertheless, with respect to emergency supplies, I bet I have over 1/2 of my emergency supplies in my garage. I would imagine a lot of other outdoor people do as well. We made a list of all our camping supplies that we could use in the case of an emergency.
We have a outdoor camp stove with pots, pans, etc…, a lanter, shake flashlights, various hand tools, knives, axes, saws, a 1, 2, and 5 gallon water containers, an outdoor toilet and supplies, sleeping bags and blankets, a tent, a portable canopy, gloves, hats, outdoor clothing, water bottles, water purifiers, and lots of duffle bags and 5 gallon buckets.
We think we are prepared, but we do need to add some emergency food bars and water.
If you have an emergency kit in a 5 gallon bucket you can turn that bucket into an emergency Port-A-Pottie and/or you can use the bucket to carry water or other things.
If your going to use your bucket as a toilet we suggest adding a simple waste bag called a WAG bag. The bag contain a bioactive non-toxic gelling power called Pooh-Power. The powder gels the waste, neutralizes odors, initiates the decay process and accelerates decomposition and WAG bags degrade within 6 to 8 months when deposited in landfills.
Emergency hygiene and sanitation kits may not appear to be important to a lot of people. In a time of crisis, there are more important things to worry about, like where you are going to get your supply of clean food and water or shelter. So spending time to think about where you are going to find things to clean yourself with or where to properly dispose your wastes seem too trivial. But if you are one of the people who think this way, you can never be more wrong. During emergencies, your survival does not only depend on food and water, but also in keeping yourself clean and sanitary. Remember that many people get sick and even die in evacuation camps that do not have proper waste disposal systems. Keeping yourself clean and making sure that your wastes, such as stool and urine, are properly disposed of can prevent the spread of diseases and infections.
Aside from keeping an emergency hygiene and sanitation kit inside your home in preparation for hurricanes, earthquakes or other unwanted incidents, you also need to keep such kit inside your car, van or RV. This is particularly important if you are planning to take your family on a road or nature trip. If you are traveling with your kids, you also need to be prepared for any eventuality. You know that children cannot properly hold their urge to vomit or use the bathroom so you need to be ready or else you have to get used to having funny smell inside your car throughout the duration of the trip.
Now that you know the importance of emergency hygiene and sanitation equipment, the next step is to determine what your kit should contain. First, you ought to make sure that you all have the necessary tools to keep you and your family clean. A personal hygiene kit that contains toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other cleansing products is necessary for every member of your family. Next, you also need to pay attention to your sanitation needs; you can bring an emergency toilet (especially if you are going camping), self-heating washcloths or hot water on demand, and toilet bags.
You can make your own emergency hygiene and sanitation kit, but a kit that has already been prepared usally saves you time and money. Surely, you will find one that would fit your needs and/or that of your family.
Pet emergency kits are an essential part of the survival of pets during emergencies. The importance of preparing for calamities, not only for yourself and family, but also for your pets has been underscored after a lot of dead pets were found in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit several areas in the southern parts of the United States. A lot of dogs, cats and even other exotic animals were left in the streets on their own as humans evacuated because of the said hurricane. It was a sad story but truly, you and your animal will have a better chance of surviving big disasters and emergencies only if you plan ahead. Assembling a pet emergency kit is one of the first things you should do to help ensure the survival and happiness of your pet during emergency situations. Remember that pets are more sensitive than humans when it comes to feeling catastrophes or natural disasters, so there is a big possibility that they will react violently or restlessly before, during and even after the calamity. Because of this, you need to include pet safety products such as lighted collars, motion activated dog tags and even pet carriers. Of course, you also need to provide emergency survival pet food and water for your precious pooches, cats, or birds. It is important that you check the food and water supply of your pets regularly to ensure that they are good when disaster strikes. Apart from food and water, your pet emergency kit should also contain pet first aid products, blankets, chew sticks, and even playthings to help them cope during emergency situations. If you will be staying in evacuation centers, it is a good idea to bring along poop bags to maintain the sanitation of the place. In case your evacuation place does not allow animals inside for sanitary reasons, you need to make a back-up plan about where your animal can stay. An alternative shelter for your pet is essential for its survival, so do not forget about it. For your canine friend, there are especially made emergency dog tents available online and in pet stores. Indeed, pet emergency kits are really important if you treat your pet as a member of your family. When making emergency plans, you have to make sure that you include pet safety products on your list. Don’t do things the hard way consider your pets needs and get the materials you need for your pets safety.