Have the hurricanes in the south, polar vortex snowstorms in the north east and fires burning thousands of acres in the west amde you qustion whether your family is  emergency prepared?  There’s nothing like feeling you’re living in an impending apocalypse to motivate you to check the batteries in the flashlights and to put the pieces in place to be ready for the worst. RMD has consolidated a basic list to help you feel a little more organized, just in case.

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Build your own kit and keep it easily accessible. Find a large,  sturdy backpack to fill with the absolute essentials and keep it in the front hall closet or somewhere it can be grabbed if a moment’s notice is all you have.  Remember the portable necessities your family may need.

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Paper work and cash.  To be emergency prepared, you should have copies of every family member’s social security numbers, birth certificates, marriage license and passports in an envelope. It is a good idea to have an appropriate amount of emergency cash just in case as well.

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A flash light with extra batteries, a first aid kit (keep them in the car as well) and a whistle in case you need to call for help.  It’s important to update the batteries and make sure they are still viable every few years.

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An audited first aid kit. Make sure you have supplies and all medications aren’t expired. This list made by Real Mom and emergency room lead, Andrea Trougott- Scroggins  is great to use to make sure you have everything you need.

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Water. One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Keep some extra boxes of water or jugs out in the garage or a shed or anywhere that is accessible. When accounting for the amount, remember to factor in any pets as well. 

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Food. At least a three day supply of non-perishable food. Don’t forget a can opener, utensils and a knife. Pet food should be included as well. 

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Good sturdy shoes for everyone, a change of clothes and warm blankets. It’s a good idea to update these annually as little bodies tend to grow. Old sneakers are usually a good option to include along with some practical layers, clean underwear and warm socks. 

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Cell phone chargers are a must as well as investing in a battery powered or hand crank radio in case communication systems are down. 

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Dust masks for protecting mouths and noses and eye protection like sunglasses or goggles. Your kit should also include wet wipes and garbage bags for personal sanitation.

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Make a family plan. Come up with a plan that everyone knows given possible scenarios of everyone being in different places. Consider designating a spot to meet, an out of state contact to reach out to and a plan that works for your family with all its moving parts.

It’s never a bad idea to be  emergency prepared, if nothing but for your own peace of mind. There are ways to speak to even young kids about safety awareness without frightening them.

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