Be Prepared

An Ounce of Prevention

In an emergency, certain necessities of life may be hard to come by, and you may need special tools to deal with unusual situations. These are a few things you should consider putting in your home emergency kit.

Keep your supplies (particularly food) in air-tight plastic bags, and keep your complete emergency kit in one or two closable, easily portable containers (such as a camping backpack, duffel bag, ice chest, or unused trash can with a lid). The kit should be stored in a cool, dry place that will be easily accessible in an emergency.

Review your emergency kit at least once per year. Make sure that everything is still fresh and in working order and update it if your family needs have changed.

A Shield of Knowledge

Emergency supplies are important, but sometimes a little knowledge is more valuable than anything you might have in your emergency kit. Here are a few tips for making sure your "knowledge kit" in order.