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The best time to get organized for an emergency is before one’s even on the horizon.

So that would be now!

But there’s somewhat confusing information out there about exactly you should have on hand and quite honestly, some of the recommendations make it seem like there’s an apocalypse coming.

And while I’m one to hope for the best, but plan for the worst, there are limits to the worst case scenario my mind can handle.

So this post will clear that up and offer some practical and realistic solutions to make the entire process of preparing for an emergency that alters your normal life much easier!

Family Emergency Kits

It’s recommended by the Center for Disease Control that you have on hand one gallon of water per person per day.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends stockpiling 10 days of water and non-perishable food per family member (plus pets) along with:

So all but the water seems pretty easy to handle, and I have a fantastic solution for keeping access to drinkable water… more on that in a bit!

Smart Items to Have Ready

Aside from the FEMA recommendations, there are a few additional items that are smart additions to your emergency prep.

These suggestions fall under what I like to think of as clever items to have on hand and can come in handy in non-life altering emergencies too.

LuminAID 2-in-1 Solar Camping Lantern and Phone Charger - Inflatable LED Lamp for Camping, Hiking and Travel - Emergency Light for Power Outages, Hurricane, Survival Kits - As Seen on Shark Tank

Power and Light

Eliminate the need to change flashlight batteries in the dark and deal with a dead cell phone by using a LuminAid charging lantern.

There are ports to charge an iPhone or Android, plus the waterproof lantern collapses down to save space and present damage.

So smart and a handy tool to have on hand for the occasional power outage too!

Clean Water

Stockpiling water for use in an emergency is a pain!

Once you have enough water (remember 1 gallon per person per day) accumulated, then you have to replace the water on the regular.

Otherwise the plastic from the jugs will leech into the water- ewww!

And this is where I get tripped up and think that this level of emergency planning is kind of for the birds.

Carving out the space and remembering to swap out the water seems like an overwhelming process and something that I just don’t want to deal with.

So what to do instead?

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness, 1 Pack, Blue

Forget all of that water rotation and get these Lifestraws instead.

They filter out all of the nasties and make water safe to drink.

I suppose you could even invest in a starter set of jogs of water and then not swap them out if you plan to use the Lifestraws.

Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose Portable Compact First Aid Kit for Minor Cuts, Scrapes, Sprains & Burns, Ideal for Home, Car, Travel and Outdoor Emergencies, 140 Pieces

First Aid

Although not specifically recommended by FEMA, it’s also super smart to have a first aid kit on hand to take care of small wound care that might crop up.

Prevention is the name of the game in managing an emergency and injury!

Prep Your Phone

In case of a disaster, would you know who to call?  

Would you know who to call to report a gas leak?

When there’s an emergency, time really is of the essence!  

And while that is a legal term of art, it is so relevant here:  you need to be able to place a phone call to get help in as little time as possible.  

There’s no time to look a number up in a phone book or on the internet – you need to call now!  

Or maybe you’ve lost power and you can’t look up the information online.  

Getting organized before an emergency is can help make a bad situation better.

Save these Phone Numbers

Give yourself some peace of mind by taking a little bit of time today to get the following phone numbers programmed into your smart phone:

1.  Your doctor(s)

2.  Nearest after-hours emergency care center (and the address!)

3.  Poison Control Center emergency hotline – 1-800-222-1222

4.  FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – 1-800-621-3362

5.  Local locksmith

6.  Non-emergency number for local police department

7.  Siblings

8.  Parents

9.  Alarm company (if you have this service for your home)

10.  Gas company

11.  Electric company

12.  Water company

13.  Phone company

14.  Spouse/partner’s work and cell numbers

15.  Neighbors

16.  Insurance agent or insurance companies

If you have children, having these numbers stored in your phone is a necessity:

17.  Pediatrician

18.  Any medical specialists

19.  Numbers for school

And if you have furry household members, add these phone numbers too:

20.  Vet

21.  Local animal hospital

22.  Emergency animal clinic

Hopefully, you’ll never have a need to call some of these numbers – hello, FEMA!

But maybe, just maybe you’ll need to call the Poison Control Center like I did when I was nursing and accidentally took too much cold medicine when I was sick.as.a.dog.  

It was nice to be able to call in and find out that I could safely feed my baby.

Yep, I totally misread the label in my hazy state of mind and mistook teaspoons for tablespoons and took way too much!  

Anyway…

The Ultimate Preparation

If you want to do even more to prepare for an emergency beyond stockpiling items, check out my Emergency Planner and Organizer.  

The printable workbook offers a place to gather all the essential information needed in an emergency, running through the details of your life and household that you’ll need- from insurance to financial accounts and beyond.

There’s even a checklist of documents you need to secure and safeguard (plus how to do just that!), so everything will be covered!

This planner adds an additional layer of preparation in case the worst happens.  

You know the saying, right?  

Be prepared, not scared!

Over to You!

Hope this post has given you some clear guidance on simple steps you can take to get prepared for the unexpected and get what you need to manage your way through an emergency.

And in a way that isn’t overwhelming either.


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