Pelican Flyer • March 14, 2020
Here at Pelican, we’re all about taking a page out of the Boy Scouts manual, and we always want to be prepared. But with all the fearmongering and misinformation floating around out there, it’s a fair question: Do you really need an emergency kit? The answer is yes, and here’s why: large-scale disasters can limit our ability to access essential resources, including food, water, shelter and healthcare. In an ideal world, you’ll never have to crack open your emergency kit, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
What kind of emergency kit is best? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends keeping a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit in your home, workplace or vehicle to plan ahead for disasters, including viral disease outbreaks (such as the recent COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak), terrorist attacks, fires, floods, tsunamis and other natural disasters. These kits are meant to keep you safe, self-sufficient and alive for at least 72 hours at home and away. If keeping a disaster kit in your home and storage space is unlimited, consider adding extra supplies to sustain yourself and your family for longer periods of time.
Even if you know exactly what to pack in your emergency disaster kit, it’s possible that you’ll make a few of the most common mistakes when creating or accessing it. Improperly storing your emergency supplies or regularly drawing from your kit could cause issues when you need to access its contents, and that’s not a good situation when you’re in a panicked state of mind. Follow these principles of emergency preparedness to ensure that your kit is accessible and ready to go if needed.
There are different schools of thought regarding what to pack in an emergency kit, but the following components are commonly recommended in most applications. These are the basics you should have for at least three days of safety and survival in the event of a disaster.
One of the biggest benefits of having an emergency preparation kit on hand in your home, car or workplace is that it helps you stay calm in an emergency. By nature of the activity, putting this kit together makes you think about how you’ll handle a disaster, which means you’ll be forced to create a plan. As a result, you’ll be able to stay calm and jump to action the minute a situation becomes dire.
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