You’ve probably heard that the rash of recent earthquakes is just a coincidence, according to experts. But the scary news motivated me to put together an emergency disaster kit, which you should have even if you don’t live in earthquake country! If you are in a natural disaster, stay calm.
This weekend I put together a disaster kit for less than $22 – and it has 49 items in it! I started by gathering items I had sitting around my house:
Clothing: extra pair of shoes, socks, t-shirt, light sweater, underwear, old towel, large wraparound cloth that can be used as a blanket or skirt, and a very sturdy reusable bag to hold everything.
Toiletries: extra toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, period supplies, chap stick, bar of soap, lotion, an elastic bandage, ear plugs, rubbing alcohol, and medicines I most often rely on (aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, an OTC sleep aid, generic Zyrtec, generic Excedrin).
Misc: gallon of water, a chocolate bar, three plastic bags, my old pair of eyeglasses and a Frisbee, which can be used as a plate, sunshield, and water collector. Would you believe a regulation Frisbee holds 60 fluid ounces?
I headed to the 99 Cents Only store to complete my kit for less than $22. I bought:
Medical supplies: a pack of five face masks (natural disasters often create bad air quality), antibiotic ointment, gauze rolls, medical tape, a mini-first aid kit, band aids, and a tube of hand sanitizer
Food: four cans of tuna, a peel-away tin of fish steaks, corn nuts, beef jerky, mini-100 Grand candy bars, and a can of peanuts
Misc: three bungee cords, a roll of tp, and matches
I also put $100 cash into an envelope, which makes my disaster kit $122! My emergency kit is missing a spare pair of pants, more water, additional first aid bandages, a flashlight and batteries, a whistle, copies of important documents and phone numbers, and a can opener. I will stash my emergency kit in my car, which is usually near me.
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What do you have in your emergency kit?