How to build an emergency kit

September is National Preparedness Month – last week, we posted about emergency apps you could download. This week, it’s all about emergency kits – do you have one? Do you have a good first aid kit?

In terms of emergency disaster preparation, the Red Cross are our “go to” experts. They offer great resources to help you prepare for emergencies, but here’s the trick – you need to make it a priority to take action now. The time to act isn’t during or after an emergency – that’s too late.

After a serious weather event, you may be on your own for a few days and need to have the essentials to survive. Many experts suggest keeping a “grab and go” emergency bag in case you need to evacuate suddenly. Red Cross has a checklist for what you should include in a Survival Kit .

An important part of any survival kit – and a day-to-day household necessity – is  a good first aid kit. When’s the last time you checked yours? Red Cross offers Anatomy of a First Aid Kit .

Red Cross says: Get a Kit.Make a Plan. Be informed. They offer a one-page summary emergency prep checklist of things you should do and steps you should take to be ready.

We don’t usually make purchase recommendations, but if you aren’t up for assembling your own kits, they can be purchased at the Red Cross Store. Purchase Red Cross First Aid kits – there are a variety of options from $3 to $27. You can also get Car First Aid Kits.

You can also purchase Emergency Preparedness products – including Personal Emergency Bags ($20) for “grab and go” to deluxe kits ($95). There are many other items, too, such as emergency radios – “the rechargeable FRX3 emergency radio automatically broadcasts emergency weather alerts for your area, including hurricanes, tornadoes and severe storms.  Set the solar panel in the sun or spin the hand turbine for one minute to get 10-15 minutes of radio and flashlight use.”

Whether you opt to buy or build, don’t put it off. If you can’t do it today, it would be a good family weekend project!