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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wind coming our way?...are you prepared for power outages?

There is no need to go out and buy expensive items for an emergency kit. Use items from around our house first, then purchase what you need. Below are great ideas to make your own kit that is right for your family!

Pack your Emergency kit with your stockpile!If you live in the great North West there are not many natural disasters. But there may be power outages frequently and of course an earthquake could happen. You can use many items from your stockpile to prepare an inexpensive first aid kit!

What You Need:
Water: You will need enough water for 3 -10 days per person in your family. If you have an infant that requires formula have enough water and formula for your infant!

Canned Items and Can-opener (hand-held): chicken, tuna, chicken, fruit, chili, veggies, soups, baby food (fruits taste good for all and store easily!)

Car cell phone charger. Last power outage the landlines worked but the cell phone did not! But have a car charger to use your car battery to charge your phone!

Cash. You can’t head to the ATM and its most likely the power is out widespread and no one will take your debit card! Have enough for a week!

Cereal: Make sure it is a cereal that tastes good dry, if you have a baby use baby food!

Crank lantern, flashlights, and radio. I have a crank flashlight, they don’t need batteries! A lot of time people forget to update their batteries! Good to have a crank flashlight and a new pack of batteries in your kit MAKE SURE RIGHT SIZE for lantern or radio!

First aid kit. Target had inexpensive first aid kits with all the bandages and ointments you need. Aspirin is free at Albertsons often (for heart attacks or pain), and antibacterial gel! Also, keep a week worth of any prescription medicines you may need.

Games. Handheld games and a deck of cards are easy to put in a first aid kit. Target often has deals under $5! Remember if they take batteries pack extra!!!

Gas stove or portable cooking device: We have a fold up camping grill that we can use in case of a power outage because we have an electric stove. Make sure you stock up on propane!

GAS: Last power outage gas was scarce! Have a gas can with gas, or if there is a storm warning that you can prepare for FILL UP ALL VEHICLES!

Matches and lighters. Keep them in a ziplock bag so they don’t get wet.

Packaged items: Crackers, Read MoreNutragrain bars, pop tarts, hard candy, pasta, and condiments.Peanut butter, honey, mustard, jelly, ketcup…anything that doesn’t require refrigeration after opening. Hard candy is good for blood sugar! I got a bunch at the dollar store 50% off after Christmas, Candy Canes work too!

Powdered pancake batter. You can cook it on your gas stove or BBQ or portable cooking device.

Propane: Have enough for cooking for up to 10 days!

Storage container: After Christmas there are usually great deals on storage containers. Gather your items first so you get one big enough for your items! It is wiser to get multiple smaller ones so it won’t be too heavy to carry in-case there are injuries, you happened to be injured when you need it, or you are pregnant and can’t lift heavy items!

***Make sure your items are non-melting items! They could melt in your storage unit or melt if the power goes out during an emergency in the summer!!!

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