Emergency Preparedness


Do you and your family have an Emergency Preparedness kit?
Do you have a stockpile of supplies?  Do you children know what to do in an emergency? 
Do you keep items in your home? car? workplace?
What items do you have in your kit?

I am curious as many people I know are becoming more prepared for a sudden emergency.  Makes me think I should be more proactive.   
Dec 10, 2011 @ 05:39 am

6 Replies

Ali de Bold

Not prepared

I kind of thought everyone who went nuts for Y2K was just that... nuts. I think it's a good idea to have some basics on hand but I'm also kind of in denial that it would ever be necessary.
Dec 10, 2011 @ 09:34 am


i dont have anything like an emergency bag or anything but i think it would be good to maybe have one
Dec 11, 2011 @ 02:03 am

Just for Fires

I/we never
worried about Y2K crap, just figure if our time was up it was up. Our family
has always had a fire escape plan in place. We go over it at least ounce a year
just to make sure the boys don't forget. All thought they both sleep right
through the smoke alarms when they go off. How they don't hear them I don't
know. So I'm sure we'd probably have to make sure they were up and out even now
that they're older. I also keep a few things in my car during the winter just
in case I get stranded and have a first aid kit placed where everyone can find
it, but that's about it for us.

Dec 12, 2011 @ 02:28 pm

Yes, we have provisions all year round

I never went crazy for Y2K, but then I didn't really have to - we have always had an emergency stash at home and in the car.

Year round we make sure we have a good stock of canned goods (from meats like tuna, chicken, and meaty soups to fruits and veggies), dry pasta & rice, bottled water (the gallon/4-litre size), and a fully stocked 1st aid kit.

Since we have a BBQ grill, we bought a second tank and ensure we always have 1 full tank of propane on hand (this would be for cooking, not for heating).

We also keep a supply of candles, flashlights, and extra batteries and check on them regularly to make sure the stock hasn't been depleted. Last year, I finally got around to buying a hand-crank weather radio, LED lantern, and small electronics charger (so we would be able to keep our cell phones charged).

Of course, we too have the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for which we keep a supply of 9V batteries on hand in the event of a longer-term power loss. We also have a fire extinguisher. My hubby's still waiting on his long-desired generator (they are stupid expensive). Oh, and since we have a working fireplace, we always have a large supply of chopped firewood - enough for at least 3 weeks of continuous heating.

In the car, we keep a smaller 1st aid kit (actually it's pathetically small - I really must upgrade), 1-2 blankets, and a small stash of bottled water (usually a few of the 500mLs). And of course, we have AAA (CAA) in case we are ever stranded!

So now you are all either extremely impressed or you're nodding your head as you realize you probably have most or all of these things on hand too. What's important is having things in a dedicated place and making sure all adults and responsible-aged children are aware of that location and what to do.

We also have a fire escape plan (confession: we've never actually had a drill - yikes!) and all of our kids know our meeting place and alternate meeting place.
Dec 12, 2011 @ 03:21 pm

one more thing

On the topic of "when would this ever be necessary", we aren't preparing for Armageddon. We live in a tornado- and ice storm-prone area. All we're really preparing for is longer term electricity loss. Anyone who focuses on disaster-preparedness is missing the point, since most of our homes experience temporary power loss sporadically every year. Last year's record snowstorms in several major cities left some people without power for 2 weeks, as did the tornado events of spring 2011.

Ah, what can I say - my grandparents survived WW2 and I grew up with this stuff. My mother-in-law doesn't think we do enough. She regularly reminds me that I should have sleeping bags and tins/boxes of food in the car, as well as extra snow boots and more. Considering how often we go roadtripping, she's probably right!
Dec 12, 2011 @ 03:28 pm


on where you live I suppose.....

I have a kit in the car....I think every woman should be prepared for that.
Dec 13, 2011 @ 11:40 am

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