I have finally gotten around to photographing the emergency kit I put together this past year. I blogged about my car emergency kits here. I’m sure it’s not exhaustive or as much as recommended by FEMA, but it is more than I had prepared for before. I went through several blog posts about emergency preparedness (see them on my pinboard) and pulled together a list of what I thought would be right for just the two of us (no kids) in our area of the country.
I have not pulled together my important documents folder, so that is next on my agenda. I went ahead and put together two backpacks of items that can be carried if for some reason we needed to evacuate our home on foot. It has our immediate needs like snacks, toiletries, some first aid items, flashlights/batteries, blankets and a set of clothing. I like these Jansport backpacks because they have straps that clip around your waist and chest to steady and support them on your back, as well as two water bottle pouches on the side of each one (I used one while hiking around at Yosemite and it worked out great).
In case of an emergency evacuation in which we would take our car, in addition to the backpacks and the car emergency kit, I have two totes packed up with essentials that would provide for a longer time than the supply in our backpacks. Things like: water, water filters, food, tools, pet food/carrier, wipes, first aid, sleeping bags and tarps.
Here it is all packed up:
I am able to fit all of this on one shelf of our large downstairs closet. The backpacks are on the next shelf down, and our jackets and shoes are also in the closet, just not in the packs. My intention is that this will never have to be used, but like my mom always taught us, it’s good to be prepared!