Unfortunately, at any given time, disaster can strike. It is important that you are prepared not only for yourself but your family as well. September is National Preparedness Month and I wanted to share with you a few easy and budget-friendly ways you can create your own safety kit.
Your emergency kit should contain enough food, water and other supplies to last 72 hours. The good news is that with sales and coupons, you can easily pull items from your stockpile and include them in your emergency kit.
Check out the list of must-haves from Ready.gov:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
As we head into the winter months, can food will be at its lowest price. That is a great time to stock up and include it in your kit. Also, pay close attention to our Coupon Matchups and load up on cheap toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, etc. It's not hard to be prepared by simply shopping smart and check out your stockpile.