|Written by Kristie Raburn|
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Spring floods, summer storms and fall winds can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home for days at a time. Here are some tips on how to create a Basic 3-Day Emergency Supply Kit.
Keep at least three gallons of water available for each person. That allows one gallon a day for a three day emergency.
Pack a can opener and 3 days on non-perishable food for each person. Select foods that are easy to prepare and will not need to be heated. Check the local camping supply store for some excellent ideas on what to pack in your emergency kit.
Purchase or prepare a first aid kit to add to your supplies. Include bandages, gauze, ace bandages, aspirin, or anything else you use frequently in your medicine cabinet at home.
Keep a list of your required prescription medicines with your first aid kit so you will remember to bring your prescriptions with you when you flee. Â Donâ€™t forget hygiene supplies like tampons, toilet paper, handi-wipes or baby wipes. They will come in handy when you cannot find enough water to wash with.
Incorporate a hand-crank radio and flashlight in your kit. Also include any batteries you will need for music players, radios, watches, hearing aids or anything else that needs batteries.
Include a solar blanket, rain poncho, matches, and sleeping bags with your emergency supply kit. Donâ€™t forget socks and underwear â€“ it will be hard to live without them during an emergency.
Pack a few paper dusk masks to protect you in the case of air borne bacteria, air pollution, ash clouds or anything else that may be in the air during an emergency. Or consider packing some large handkerchiefs or bandanas.
Pack a light weight tent or include a plastic tarp and duct tape. You can make a quick shelter using the tarp and duct tape. Also pack about 100 feet of rope in case you need to tie up something, pull something or rescue something.
Have a small tool kit available as well. It should include a wrench or pliers to turn off the water and gas lines, a utility knife to cut things, maybe a hack saw to cut fire wood and of course, a hammer and nails, screwdrivers and duct tape.
Donâ€™t forget about your pets. Pack three days of food and water for them too. Also pack a spare leash for your roaming pets and any medicines your pets take on a regular basis.
Put all your supplies in a large back pack or duffle bag. Camping supply stores and the Army Surplus store has so many things you can use in the event of an emergency. You can also purchase emergency disaster kits on line or though local organizations such as the Boy Scouts. Whether you pack your own or purchase one ready made, being prepared will make the emergency much less painful.