We’ve discussed what to put in a disaster kit, but what if you have a little more room, such as an emergency preparedness bag?
Here’s what you can – and should – store inside. (And ideally, you’ll store it somewhere other than in your home; you’ll need it most if disaster strikes your house.)
What to Store in an Emergency Preparedness Bag
The bigger your bag, the more supplies you can stash away for an emergency. Consider adding:
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
- Boxed food
- Canned food
- Cash and credit cards
- Complete changes of clothing
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Fire extinguisher
- Glasses and contact lens solution
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Important family documents (insurance policies, identification and bank account records)
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Non-prescription medications
- Paper and pencil
- Pet food (and extra water)
- Prescription medications
- Sleeping bags for each person
Check your bag periodically to make sure that food hasn’t expired or that your water hasn’t gone stagnant. You’ll also need to add to it when your family dynamics change (don’t forget to put in diapers if you’re expecting!) or when other items expire, as well.
It’s a good idea to keep this bag in your vehicle or somewhere other than your home, provided that you can access it easily.
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