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Emergency Preparedness is Important at Home and on the Road

Published July 14, 2014

Contributed by Wendy Turner, Manager of Volunteer Services
Member of Emergency Preparedness Committee

As caregivers, we know how important it is to have the right tools for the job—it is no different at home. In case of an emergency, it’s important to be prepared, and a great way to start preparing is to create emergency kits for you and your family.  This includes creating kits for both home and on the road.

Basic supplies such as food, water, flashlights and first aid kits should all be included in an emergency kit. However, it is also important to think about adding in other things to help make life as “normal” as possible.  Do you drink coffee or tea in morning? Do you have a way to make this without power? What comfort foods would you crave? What do your kids like to eat for a snack?  These are all questions to ask when deciding what additional “must haves” to include in your kit.

In a disaster, our stress level elevates, but creating a kit that provides you with some of the comforts in your regular day brings a little normalcy to the situation.

For more information to get started on creating emergency kits for both at home and on the road, visit the American Red Cross.