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The Ultimate Emergency Kit: Don't Miss These Essentials

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Emergency kits are essential components of effective disaster preparedness. Having the appropriate food, water, and safety supplies readily available during disasters can drastically reduce the effects of unexpected challenges. We've compiled a list of our top essentials. Check them out and get started today!

Safety Necessities Here are key items you should consider gathering for your emergency kit:

  • NOAA Weather Radio

  • Flashlights

  • Batteries

  • Whistle (to signal for help)

  • Dust masks, plastic sheeting, and duct tape

  • Moist wipes

  • Garbage bags

  • Wrench, pliers, manual can opener

  • Maps

  • Extra mobile phone, charger, battery back-up2021

  • Insurance policy

  • Matches and fire extinguisher

  • Paper and pencils

  • Thick blankets or sleeping bags

First Aid Fundamentals A First Aid kit should also be included within your emergency kit, and include items such as:

  • Pain relievers

  • Bandages, gauze, and tape

  • Alcohol wipes

  • Chemical cold packs

  • Disposable gloves

  • Scissors

  • Thermometer

  • Tweezers

  • Antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone ointment

Food Provisions Be sure to add food that will last for approximately 72 hours to your emergency kit. You should always be considerate of those with dietary restrictions – such as vegetarians, diabetics, or people with allergies – and make sure that they will be accommodated by your food supply, too. Here are some ideas of what to include:

  • Protein bars

  • Peanut butter (if no one is allergic to peanuts)

  • Canned juice or pasteurized milk

  • Baby food

  • Dried fruit, nuts, and granola

  • Canned vegetables or beans

Water Solutions

  • Calculate the amount of water that you will need over 72 hours and purchase and store bottled water to meet those demands. This can be difficult to determine in a church setting. Will you store water for those on staff only, or enough to provide for your entire church population? Keep in mind that medical emergencies and hot climates increase water demands.

  • It is important to stay cool and inactive to minimize the amount of water you will need. Never ration water. Drink uncontaminated water first and avoid drinking suspicious water for as long as you can. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can have dehydrating effects.

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