Hurricane season starts next month (June 1 – November 30), and one of the recommended steps to prepare is to have a survival kit.
You have a couple of options: make your own OR buy a pre-assembled survival kit. You also need to decide how much money and how much time you want to spend.
Here are a couple of factors to consider:
- Number of people in your household
- Number of days you are covering
- Type of emergency
- Purpose of the kit – home emergency, car emergency etc.
Whatever kit you choose, there will be some crossover – some of the same items would be useful regardless what type of disaster- power outage, hurricane, earthquake, flood etc.
For a 72 hour kit, you should have the following items:
Food – Include food that does not need a lot of effort to prepare: energy bars, canned food, “just add water” meals (dehydrated or freeze dried foods), crackers, etc. Include some comfort food such as chocolate, candy and chips. Don’t forget the manual can opener
Water – One gallon per person per day is the guideline
First aid – in addition to the basic first aid contents, include personal prescriptions, eyeglasses, contact lenses etc. It is also a good idea to include a pocket first aid manual.
Communications – battery operated or crank weather radio, charged cell phone
Personal hygiene – toilet paper, trash bags, moist towelettes
Lighting, Fire and warmth – flashlights, propane or other alternate fuel stove, candles
Basic tools such as knife, multi-tool, wrench and pliers
Entertainment – books, board games, cards
You’ll also need to include other miscellaneous items such as stuffed animals for children, special needs, pet food and medicines etc. While you’re in the planning mode, device a plan on what you will do if you need to evacuate the area.
If you decide to buy a prepackaged survival kit, go through the contents as soon as you receive it, so you know what you have stored up. If you are planning to do it yourself, now is the time to get started with building your kit.