Most of us think that if we don't live on an earthquake fault line, in Tornado Alley, in an area noted for record snowfalls or in an area subject to hurricanes that we are safe. That is simply NOT true!
We all, regardless of where we live need to live the Girl Scout and Boy Scout mottos... To be prepared!
This does not mean you need to be able to move your entire household in a moment’s notice but it is a wise idea to have an emergency kit.
When we travel we take everything we think we will need to "survive" the time away from home. Your emergency kit should be similar; you may be responsible for your own life for awhile. This emergency kit should include a few extras.
The American Red Cross recommends:
Water – one gallon/person, per day – 2 weeks’ worth (water purification system/tablets maybe a substitute)
Food – non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items – 2 week supply for home
Manual can opener (I use a tiny P38)
Flashlights, many tiny ones on the market. Make sure they work!
Extra batteries for your flashlights and other devices.
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Sanitation/personal hygiene items including TP and babywipes or hand sanitizer
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers – remember, you can charge a phone in your car
Family and emergency contact information
Emergency blanket (those thin metallic will do)
Map(s) of the area ( it is easily to get disoriented when the landscape changes)
So far, so good? Don’t forget the unique needs in your family:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games/entertainment (time killers, it could be awhile)
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Extra set of keys for house/car
Rain ponchos (disposable or large garbage bag may suffice)
Okay so all of this seems overwhelming, but with well thought out planning it can be accomplished with several duffle bags or backpacks. Camping supply stores or Army/Navy stores have compact items perfect to pack.
So prioritize if you must, pets can get by with human food and drink from empty cans instead of bowls. Babywipes can be used instead of TP. Entertainment can be as small as dice or a deck of cards. As for food, Peanut Butter may get boring if eaten for several weeks but it is easy to use, is a great source of protein and is just sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Last but not least... Do NOT think "it will never happen to me!" In Colorado officials are calling this the 1000 year flood so you just never know for sure!
Colorado, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this horrific time.