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In addition to medication, a small first aid kit is always good to have on board. For the most part you can pick these up pre assembled just about anywhere. Or you can definitely piece together your own. Here are a few things to think about when purchasing one and/or packing your own.


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Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Do you know how to use it?  If you’ll learn about fire extinguishers, buy one (or more), try using a fire extinguisher, and then maintain your fire extinguisher, you will be able to put out small fires if you need to.


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Prescription meds are tricky. If you need a prescription medication to function on a daily basis, i.e. – keep yourself alive, it must be included. Most types of ailments that these medications are prescribed for are for chronic diseases (recurrent or long lasting).


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Drugs! Depending on what type of emergency you find yourself in, medication can be extremely useful. Make a note of medications you buy on a routine basis for you and your family, and that is what you will base your emergency kit meds on.


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Water! Glorious Water! This is the biggest item you will need to plan around. At minimum you should be trekking 1 gallon of water per adult in your pack. With that amount you would feasibly have some left over for other uses (cleaning, washing, cooking etc). You may want to include more if you have… Read more »


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There are a few categories of food not to include in your disaster/emergency pack. Stating the Obvious: I will state the obvious, especially for those newbies. Nothing that is easily perishable can be included in your pack. That will end in moldy heartbreak. If it’s fresh or needs refrigeration, it’s a no go.


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I’m including some specifics on food selection for those of you who are packin’ others besides yourselves. Kids: I have 2 of them. Ages 3.5 years and 7 months. Some of you have older kids, more kids, younger kids etc. When you pick food to include for them you need to keep their likes/dislikes in… Read more »


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In an emergency, your body will undergo a huge amount of physical stress. You will need the proper fuel to keep going during your response time, especially after the adrenaline has worn off. I remember numerous earthquakes hitting when I lived in Southern California – obviously quite common for the area. All children in my… Read more »


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Welcome to building your very own Disaster/Emergency kit 101! My definition of an “emergency kit” is 72 hours worth of food and supplies for one person. So the following posts will be based on the needs of an individual for 3 days. I’m sure many of us have thought about the “what ifs”, but maybe… Read more »