You may not give it much thought but putting together your emergency preparedness kits is the next best thing to survival instincts. These kits could be your and your family’s only life line during an emergency or a natural disaster.
It is not actually costly or difficult to put together your emergency kit. In fact, most of the materials or supplies that you put inside emergency kits are commonly found at home.
There are actually two ways you can have your own emergency preparedness kits.
You may make a home made emergency kit or you may want to buy assembled and retailed kits in drug stores, emergency supplies retailer, department stores or through American Red Cross offices. There are benefits that you can get from both having home made and retailed emergency preparedness kits.
Home made emergency preparedness kits usually contains supplies that are found at home.
What you will need are ample liters of water, food, usually canned goods and dried fruits and vegetables, handy can opener, batteries and flashlight, lighter, matches, and candles, two way radio or wind up radio, first aid kits, special items such baby formulas or prescribed medicines, duplicates of home and car keys, bills and coins, road map and emergency plan. The benefit from putting your own kit is that you can choose which food you can store. It will also cost you less if you go for a home made one.
However, if you like to have complete preparedness kit which you might want to designate to each member of the family, or for every vehicle you have, buying pre-assembled kits might be your best choice. In North America, the US and Canadian Red Cross are selling emergency preparedness kits that are as good for three day or seventy two hour consumption.
Common retailers of Canadian emergency preparedness kits are Zellers, Home Outfitters, Rexall, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Save On Foods, IGA, Buy Low Foods, Apple Drugs Value Drug Mart, RXellence Professional Dispensary, Jean Coutu, TSC Stores and Déco Découverte.
There are is actually little difference between the contents or supplies of a retailed emergency preparedness kit and a home made emergency kit. You can also visit the Red Cross website or the online portal of the retailers if you want to buy emergency kits from the internet. Emergency preparedness kits mean survival and safety so get yours now.