The topic that has been on a lot of peoples mind and mine is: Being prepared. Being prepared doesn’t just mean one thing. It can be about being prepared for school, work or taking care of kids. In this instance the “Being Prepared” I’m talking about is Emergency Preparedness.
Being prepared is always beneficial. Not only to yourself but to your family, friends, neighbors and anyone else that may need it. Disasters can strike at any time and usually they can catch us off guard. With the recent earthquakes and fires here (California), I decided to share some of my emergency preparedness “skill.” Being in EMS, working in it, working with the fire department and my military background I always have a “disaster kit” or what we call a “bug out bag.” I also have a Trauma Kit I carry in my truck with me at all times just in case something happens. For a disaster kit in any situation there are a few things that it should consist of.
Some of the items that should be included are:
- Packing: A strong but lightweight backpack or one shouldered bag. You can find these at any sports store or superstore. The one that I have is a military backpack that is strong and dependent. It kind of looks like this one. Click Here.
- Water: Whether it is in bottles, a canteen or water-bladder. This is beneficial because you may not have access to water for a period of time.
- Food: Now you can pack whatever food you may like. It should be non perishable and should be able to last you a few days. The most common things I have are, granola bars, MREs, trail mix etc. Anything that you can pack a lot of with not a lot of weight. Like cans of food.
- A first aid kit: It’s always important to have one handy for an emergency. They are useful if you, or someone else, get hurt.
- Personal items: This can be hygiene gear and toiletries. Some extra clothing, preferably lightweight and water resistant, to help protect you from the elements.
- Pets: If you have pets it would also benefit to keep a bag of food in there for them. An extra leash or harness and if they have meds, keep them with your emergency bag as well.
- Electronics: This can be extra power banks for phones, Flashlights, when needed. The one I carry and love is the Streamlight. A hand crank radio is also handy to listen to the news and emergency broadcasts.
- Medication: Any meds that you’re prescribed. Antibiotics. Make sure they go into this bag and you have a list of these medications.
- Cash: Make sure to have some extra money ready in the bag. If there is a disaster you won’t know what it will affect or for how long.
Starting to think about becoming prepared for an emergency or disaster is the first step. Down below are some examples of how “bug out bags” are put together to get an idea.
These are just some examples of what Emergency Kits can look like. Have fun with building them. You can add whatever you would like, but make sure you have the necessities that cater to your needs. Make it a family and/or neighborhood event on Emergency Preparedness. Be safe, stay ready.
“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.”
– Franz Kafka