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Ready for Winter? Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kit

Last year, we had over two feet of snow… right about this time of year. Unheard of in Connecticut! Fortunately the forecast this week calls for sunny skies!

But… I recall spending eight days away from home, at our in-laws, because power was out across about ninety-five percent of the state (yeah I just made that stat up but I think it’s close!).

We were lucky. Other people spent 8-10 days without power, water, showers… nobody I knew was ready for that kind of natural disaster!

September was National Preparedness month… and in a recent GE Generator Systems survey, 55 percent of Americans are NOT prepared for emergency situations! This is the time to create an emergency kit and a communications plan!

We keep our kits packed and in the car – this way, we’re prepared whether on the road or at home! One of our kits is this Red Cross Ready-to-Go Emergency Preparedness Kit – a backpack full of all the essentials:

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio and batteries
  • An emergency blanket
  • 12 packages of drinking water
  • Small expandable water container
  • A food bar (it’s more like a giant block!)
  • A breathing mask
  • Poncho
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit in a zipper pouch
  • Duct Tape (I’m not sure any kit is complete without this!)
  • Hygiene kit with washcloth, toothbrush/paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, tissue, comb

You could certainly make your own kit, but I recommend purchasing a ready-made kit for a quick and easy path to preparedness. I priced out making my own kit and really, once you figure in the backpack, there’s not much saving doing it yourself. Especially beneficial in a pre-made kit are the sealed water packages, because they are rated to last about 3-5 years. Regular water bottles are not good to keep that long because your water will start to taste like plastic.

This kit is a great starter kit, in a sturdy backpack. There’s plenty of space inside to add your own items, and it gives peace of mind for the upcoming winter storm season.

Items you should add include:

  • Medications
  • List of contact names/numbers
  • Cash
  • Copies of important personal documents
  • List of “other things to grab” if you have to evacuate quickly (valuables, heirlooms, change of clothes, etc). You don’t want to be hemming and hawing if you have to leave in a hurry.

Keep your emergency kit handy either in a front closet, or right in the car, where it can double as a roadside emergency kit too!

What other things would you add to an Emergency Kit for Families?

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Thanks to GE Generators for sending a kit for review and offering a giveaway! All opinions are 100% my own.

Shannon

Monday 29th of October 2012

Luckily I haven't experienced a natural disaster, but I did get caught on a freeway during an ice storm several Novembers back. I left work at 5:00pm and didn't get home until 2:30am. Luckily my gas lasted that long!

Shannon

Monday 29th of October 2012

Luckily I haven't experienced a natural disaster, but I did get caught on a freeway during an ice storm several Novembers back. I left work at 5:00pm and didn't get home until 2:30am. Luckily my gas lasted that long!

Rachel H.

Monday 29th of October 2012

My husband and I actually got stranded in the mountains before we were married. His truck got stuck and it was snowing. We were so not prepared to hike down the mountains with nothing but the clothes we were wearing and sweatshirts! It was one cold, dark walk! This kit would have really been helpful. I am just glad we ran into someone who was able to help us get out of the mountains safely.

Rachel H.

Monday 29th of October 2012

My husband and I actually got stranded in the mountains before we were married. His truck got stuck and it was snowing. We were so not prepared to hike down the mountains with nothing but the clothes we were wearing and sweatshirts! It was one cold, dark walk! This kit would have really been helpful. I am just glad we ran into someone who was able to help us get out of the mountains safely.

Priscilla Benavides

Sunday 28th of October 2012

Thankfully I have never been involved in a realy emergency but it's good to always be prepared and I feel that nobody can ever be prepared enough so it's best to be extra prepared! [email protected]

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