My father studies disasters. Seriously. He writes papers about how communities react to disasters. Plane crashes, toxic spills, train derailments, tsunamis, what have you. See here: Current Projects – Pandemic Death.

You would think with this as part of my family I would be more prepared myself. In some ways I am. He’s quizzed me on how I would react in certain situations and explained what’s good and bad. But to this day we do not have a proper first aid kit of emergency kit in this house.¬†We don’t have an escape plan either.

Now we own a home, we have a child, these things need to get done.

Today I got a package from Energizer and Mom Central, and we put aside a flashlight and some extra batteries as the start of our emergency kit. Now we can carry on and build on it as we have the money available.

The list of what we need – and I am accepting suggestions:

  • Water
  • Canned food
  • Manual can opener
  • First Aid kit
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Crank radio
  • Pet Food
  • Forks, spoons, plates and cups
  • Money
  • Utility knife
  • Warm blankets
  • Spare clothing
  • Activities for the kid
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Whistle or something else that makes noise to draw attention
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • A bag/backpack to keep all the supplies together

There are lots of resources online to help us build our kit with helpful hints like having a few cotton balls with petroleum jelly that can be used as fire starters. The Canadian Red Cross actually has an emergency preparedness kit that you can buy, fully stocked.

Now to build this kit, and prepare our escape plan in case of fire and we can make my father proud.

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