Monday, October 13, 2008

Emergency Supplies

When I was a young girl and a Girl Scout I learned a valuable lesson. Always be prepared. So each year at this time I take a look at our emergency supplies, and update them as needed. Of course you can never truly be prepared for all of life's emergencies, but taking certain precautions just makes common sense.

Eton SOLARLINK FR500 Solar Powered Radio with NOAA Weatherband, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger (everyone should have one of these).
It functions as an AM, FM, and shortwave radio with NOAA weatherband. It also has a flashlight, an emergency beacon, and an emergency siren. Plus, you can use it to charge your cell phone or MP3 player. This little wonder can be powered with the hand crank, or solely by the sun—solar panels make this a very “green” device. Of course, battery power and AC power are also options. Can be powered from four different sources:

(each one of my kids has one of these under their bed)
LED Wind Up Table Lantern is ideal for everyday and emergency use, indoors and out. With wind-up technology for maximum reliability and dependability. In addition to rechargeable batteries, the LED light in the Indigo LED Lantern has up to 100,000 hours of useful life and should never have to be replaced. When needed, a 60-second wind will provide two hours of shine time at the night light setting and five minutes at the max-bright setting. The integrated directional light will shine for up to 35 hours continuously when fully charged. A 60-second wind provides one hour of light from the directional light.
Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.
Choose foods your family will eat.
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Protein or fruit bars
Dry cereal or granola
Peanut butter
Dried fruit
Canned juices
Non-perishable pasteurized milk
High energy foods
One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
Store water tightly in clean plastic containers.
Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
First Aide Kit
Things you should have:
Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
Burn ointment to prevent infection.
Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminate.
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Aspirin or non aspirin pain reliever
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
Prescription medications and glasses
Infant formula and diapers
Cash and some change
First aid book
Matches in a waterproof container


Suzanne said...

That's a great list. Living in a rural area we have learned to be self sufficient for at least five days. We also have a gas powered generator because we're on a well and without power there is no water.

I'd like to add something else to the list - really great neighbors. Our neighbors really come through in an emergency.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Krissy said...

You are so prepared! We've been talking about getting together an emergency backpack for so long, I need to just do it!

Sabina said...

Great neighbors -- I love that Suzanne!!

Mya said...

Great info. I love the radio and it's multiple power sources. I have to admit I am not prepared.

Rebecca said...

A great resource to help you get prepared is If you use code Save10 you can save 10% off your order.

Honeygo Beasley said...

Gosh, we are so UNPREPARED here...
I think we have about three or four things on the list. But not all in one place. And oh, my - if an emergency struck, I'd run over to my mom and dad's nearby and I'm sure they'd have the stuff to fill in, or at least we'd be resourceful and know what to do to survive ... I hope! Or maybe I'd better start putting our emergency kit together, just in case ... you never know!

Julia said...

This is so great!! I love in SF (earthquake country) so I need to get my emergency supplies together. We try to buy canned soup in bulk but then we get lazy at dinner and actually start eating it up. (I heard once that you should buy dog/cat food as emergency food because you WON'T eat THAT! blech)

Sabina said...

Hi Julia,

I didn't realize that you lived in The City -- I'm just up the road from you.

But...what if your imaginary dog gets hungry, and you don't feel like going to the store to get more Alpo -- better make it cat food.


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