Sunday, June 19, 2016

Disaster Supply Kits: Budget-Friendly and Fun

Happy Father's Day!

Looking for a low budget yet potentially life saving gift for your favorite Father? How about a disaster supply kit! Today's 101 Days of Summer Safety continues most of this past week's theme of emergency preparedness with a little gift for that special Dad or Father figure in your life. Overall emergency preparedness is a must for every individual and family. Part of being prepared is having a disaster supply kit.

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Remember, the "disaster" can be as "simple" as a significant thunderstorm that knocks out your power for several hours or a day or two. If you have an adequate kit, and emergency preparedness plan, you will be ready for a situation like that or, worse, something a little more significant.

The below article is from our friends at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Some great tips on creating a budget friendly supply kit. We encourage you to take a look and take action once you are done!

Have a SAFE weekend!

Disaster Supply Kits: Budget-Friendly and Fun

Do you think preparing for disasters is too expensive and boring? Think again!  Being prepared doesn't have to break the bank. You can create a budget-friendly basic disaster supply kit using items you may already have at home.  You can also make preparedness enjoyable for the entire family! 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Preparedness on a Shoestring activity guide suggests organizing a family scavenger hunt to locate items around your home such as first aid supplies and food. After you’ve built your kit, there are several ways to maintain its low-cost quality. For example:
  • Purchase items from your local dollar store or discount retailer;
  • Take advantage of  “Buy One, Get One” deals at your local supermarket; and
  • Trade extra supplies with family and friends.
FEMA advises to prepare your disaster supply kit with enough items to survive for at least three days. If you are packing a kit for more than just yourself, be sure to make necessary accommodations to fit each person’s needs. Also, remember to check your kit for expired items every six months.

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