With respect to emergency water, buy bottled water or boxed water this way your emergency water will be ready to go. Please note most emergency water that you buy lasts for 5 years and you’ll need to rotate your water as needed by the expiration dates so that the water stays fresh.
If you have a propane outdoor grill or a camping stove that is the perfect emergency cooking arangement. Just make sure to use these items outdoors. Also, you may want to look at emergency heating products getting an indoor propane heaters with a built in sensors that will let you heat our home safely.
Instead of running your car’s gas tank to “E” keep it 1/2 full. This way if you need to go somewhere in an emergency you are not stopping at the nearest gas station first, instead your 100 miles away. Emergency preparedness is everyones job.
The duffle bag idea is an OK idea for gathering your emergency staples in the kitchen and would work to carry the items to your car, but if you have to carry your emergency food for any distance a backpack is really the only way to go. Being a hiker, I know. Make it easy on your self to transport your emergency gear.
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.