I was always really into survival movies. As a little girl, even my make believe was about survival or being stranded in the jungle. I'm not sure why but it has always been interesting to me. This got me thinking, am I actually prepared for an emergency?
Do you have a designated emergency kit? I don't yet, but I plan on building one this month! I looked up what should be in an emergency kit and this is what Ready.gov suggested should be in a kit;
- Prescription meds and glasses
- Formula or diapers, if needed
- Pet food, water for your pet
- Family documents like insurance policies, ID, bank records all in a waterproof, portable container
- Cash or travelers checks
- Emergency Reference material, like a first aid book
- Sleeping bag, warm blankets
- Complete change of clothing
- Household Chlorine bleach and medicine dropper
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Personal Hygiene items, feminine supplies
- Paper products
- Paper and writing utensils
- Three gallons of water per person
- Non-perishable food
- Batter powered radio, and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Garbage bags and plastic ties
- Wrench or pliers
- Can opener
- Local maps
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Don't forget to check up on those supplies too, don't let them get expired or moldy! That would be no good.
I would probably add, some candles, some kind of fire starter like a cardboard egg carton with some lint, and a knife or two.
This year I want to be more prepared. I might not have all of those things at my house in one spot right now, but in about a month I should have most of it. Are you going to make your own emergency kit?
What would be the most important thing for you to bring?
And I can't close the blog without referencing to a savings account. Savings accounts are meant to be like that emergency kit. You set money aside, for the future, or for a specific purpose. So don't forget to prep for financial emergencies too, while your putting together your emergency kit. If you want to open a savings account check us out at Michigan First, stop by or give us a call, our team will help you get prepared.
Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,