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How to Make an Emergency Preparedness Kit


August 20, 2013 STORM PREPAREDNESS


Whether you live in a region prone to severe weather or a milder climate, you should have a disaster preparedness plan in place. Good emergency preparedness tactics can protect your home, business, family, or self in the instance of  short term or prolonged power outages. An emergency preparedness checklist is also the best defense against loss of property in the case of a real disaster. Read on for tips on putting together an emergency plan and 72 hour kit to keep you safe and weather any storm.

The Basics: What You Need in Your Emergency Supplies Kit

FEMA recommends putting together an emergency preparedness kit to tide you over for 72 hours. On their Ready.gov site they suggest:

Water: Have one gallon of water per person for at least three days. This water should be potable for use in drinking and sanitation.

Food: Be prepared with at least a three day supply of non-perishable food. Also get together any manual food preparation utensils you might need, including a can opener and pocket knife.

Radio: Get a battery-powered or hand crank radio, available at many electronics and home improvements stores, in order to keep up to date with any weather-related developments or evacuation notices.

Flashlight and Extra Batteries

First Aid Kit: Including bandages, antibacterial ointment, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, and over-the-counter medications.

Dust Mask: To filter contaminated air.

Personal Sanitary Materials: Gather moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic zippered bags, cable ties, and twist ties in order to attend to sanitary needs and dispose of waste.

Tools: A wrench and pliers can be critical to accessing breakers and other utilities in order to turn them off.

Local Maps and an Emergency Communication Plan: Be aware of local landmarks and area roads in case evacuation is needed.  Additionally, put together a communication plan with the contacts of family, friends, neighbors, local law enforcement agencies, hospitals, utility companies, and your insurance provider. If your area offers weather and crime alerts, subscribe to these via a reliable mode of communication.

Cell Phone with Back-Up Batteries or Solar Chargers: In order to execute your emergency communication plan and receive local weather and crime updates, help ensure your mobile phone works with emergency charging solutions. Save power by turning off 3G or 4G data, lowering screen brightness, and only using when necessary.

Backup Power and Your Emergency Plan

GE home generators, when used safely, can keep your lights on, help ensure that your appliances continue operating, and protect your property and family during a natural disaster. As your backup generator cycles electricity to your sump pump, refrigerator, and more, your home stays dry and your food remains fresh.

Want to know how a generator works? Watch this video on standby generators to learn how your home transitions from utility power to generator power.