Building an Emergency Kit
It is easy to understand that emergencies can happen at any time in our lives. Having an emergency kit on hand can be an invaluable tool when you find yourself vulnerable and face an emergency. When storms hit, emergency services may be limited, so having an emergency kit to help whenever possible is important. Here are some things you need to include in your emergency kit.
You will need to have plenty of drinking water for your emergency kit. It is important that you have enough water for each member of your family for one gallon per person per day. Drinking water can be used for cleaning, cooking, and hygiene. This means you will also need to include items such as soap or hand sanitizer so that you can wash dishes in the event that there is no running water or other methods for doing so.
When determining how much drinking water you should add to your kit, consider how many people are in your family and whether there are any special needs (for example if someone has diabetes). The general rule of thumb is 1 gallon per person per day but this can vary greatly depending on the size and activity level of each individual as well as their age group.
First Aid Kit
Have a first aid kit with bandages, gauze, tape, and antibiotic cream. Bandages are important for covering cuts and scrapes. Gauze can be used to stop bleeding from wounds or to protect an injury. Tape can be used to secure bandages in place or even as a sling for an injured arm or leg. Antibiotic cream is helpful for preventing infections when cuts are present on the skin.
Flashlights, Batteries, and Battery-Powered Radio
Include a flashlight, extra batteries, and a battery-powered radio. In the event of an emergency, you’ll want to be able to keep yourself informed of the latest developments. A flashlight will allow you to find your way around in low light conditions and stay safe from any dangers that may loom ahead. A battery-powered radio will also allow you to stay up-to-date on news updates as well as listen for instructions from authorities on what actions they would like citizens to take.
You may not be able to get cash from an ATM or bank during the storm. There could be long lines and power outages, which will make it difficult for those machines to operate. ATMs are also known to run out of money quickly because so many people try to withdraw at once.
So don't rely on your debit card or credit card if you need cash. Instead, have enough cash on hand so that you can buy necessities in case stores are closed and/or without power. Make sure you have enough money for at least a week's worth of groceries and other items that may be hard to find after a hurricane.
Pet Care Items
If you have pets, make sure to include pet food and medications in your emergency kit along with a leash. Include a pet first-aid kit, as well. Make sure to also include a pet carrier and extra water for your pet.
Blankets, Sleeping Bags, and Extra Clothes
Consider adding blankets or sleeping bags as well as extra clothing to your emergency kit. Blankets and sleeping bags will keep you warm during the night when temperatures drop. Extra clothing can be used in case you have to stay outdoors for several days due to power outages or damage done by the storm.
Having a plan and being prepared will help keep everyone safe during this time. If your home or business does experience damage due to a storm, give SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis a call, and we will get your Minneapolis property back to normal as quickly as possible.