What to Include In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

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Wondering how to prepare for an emergency? It’s not pleasant to think about, but emergencies happen, so it’s best to plan ahead and be prepared. 

The staff at Persons Banking Company cares about your safety, so in this two part series, we’re sharing ways to be prepared for any emergency.

First, we’ll tell you what to have on hand in case of an emergency.

how to prepare for an emergency

Make and Maintain and Emergency Preparedness Kit

First, make an emergency preparedness kit. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security agency recommends the following:

  • Water – one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food
  • Can Opener
  • A battery powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency charger for mobile devices
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • A facemask to help filter contaminated air 
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal hygiene
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps

For a complete list of additional items to consider, visit The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland security website. 

“To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to carry containers, such as plastic bins or a duffel bag,” advises Ready.gov.

The agency also recommends maintaining your kit by keeping canned food in a cool, dry place; store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers; and replace expired items as needed. 

Each year, take stock of your kit and update it as your family’s needs change.

Purchase a Generator

In the case of an extended power outage, consider purchasing a generator. 

However, carefully follow your generator’s instruction manual; it’s important to be mindful of carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust.

Energy.gov recommends using a generator outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. For a comprehensive guide to safely using generators, click here.

Keep Cash on Hand

Keep cash on hand in case of an emergency. 

Pocketsense, a personal finance resource, recommends keeping one month’s worth of expenses, in cash, on hand.

It’s a good idea to keep your emergency cash in five, 10, and 20 dollar bills, because breaking larger bills might be a challenge. 

Related: How to Save for Big Expenses

Wrapping Up

Here’s how to plan for an emergency:

  • Make an emergency preparedness kit
  • Consider purchasing a generator
  • Keep cash on hand

In our next blog post, we’ll share how to prepare for emergencies common to the Southeast.

In the meantime, be sure to share this blogpost with your friends and family!

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