9 Essentials for Your Emergency Preparedness Kit
You don’t need squirrel traps and a solar generator to take care of your family in a storm. You might, however, want Monopoly. Here’s a down-to-earth list of essentials.
Grab and Go
No, the zombies aren’t coming (unless you know something we don’t), but suppose bad weather is. Fortunately, you need to prepare for only three days of roughing it. By then emergency-service personnel have usually begun reaching homes, says James A. Judge, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. Keep supplies in a suitcase, a plastic storage bin, or even a large backpack—something you can quickly throw in the car if you need to evacuate. Paul Faust, a volunteer firefighter and a cofounder of 1800prepare.com, an emergency-supplies retailer, says that the garage is a good storage place. It’s easy to get to, and the kids probably won’t stumble upon the stash. As for filling your kit, these provisions will sustain and entertain until you’re home free. For more information, visit ready.gov or see How to Prepare for an Emergency.