When Disaster Strikes

To say that we’re big fans of being prepared would be an understatement. In fact, we’re kind of obsessed with the whole, “be prepared, not scared” thing. It is our slogan after all! So you can only imagine our excitement when we saw that our favorite DIY-home blog, Young House Love, devoted a whole post to emergency preparedness. Written by hubby-wife duo, John and Sherry Petersik, Young House Love is full of well-written, detailed posts and this one was no exception. Here’s what John, Sherry and their emergency expert, Amanda had to say about averting disaster:

1. There are three different types of emergency kits to consider:

  • A Stay At Home Kit: Plan for three days without power. Include items like non-perishable food, water (1 gal per person per day is recommended), flashlight with batteries, extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, manual can opener, any medical supplies or prescriptions (this includes extra glasses or contact lenses), cash (ATMs won’t work without power!) and important personal and financial documents (more on that in a second).
  • A Kid / Pet Kit: If you’ve got kids or pets, plan for them too. Think of items like formula, food, diapers, toys, comfort items.
  • A Go Kit: If you need to leave your home during an emergency (say it’s being evacuated for flooding or a tree has fallen on it), have a backpack ready for each person that includes water, high energy snack foods, extra clothes, and shoes.

2. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on your emergency kit:

  • Not everything in the kit needs to be bought. Take inventory at home first – if you’ve got canned goods or cereal on hand, that counts!
  • Hit up the dollar store. Both of our experts said this is a great option for stocking up. After all, you don’t need the fanciest flashlight – just a flashlight that works.
  • Spread out the expense. Try assembling your kit over time. Commit to buying one or two items per month if you can’t shuck out funds for everything now.

Click here to read the full post on Young House Love. And for more on disaster, check out our Disaster Planning Checklist.

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