When disaster strikes, it's always better to be over prepared than caught off guard with minimal supplies or even none at all. Besides a global pandemic, the year 2020 has ushered in its fair share of hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and wildfires to wreak even more havoc.
If the year has proven anything, it's that a little preparation can go a long way when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones. That’s not to say that hoarding massive amounts of toilet paper was ever a good idea, but it’s always a good idea to have certain emergency supplies ready to go at home.
How to Build the Perfect Emergency Kit
Before gathering any supplies, start by discussing an emergency disaster plan with your entire family. When preparing your personal emergency kit, give some thought to the types of natural disasters that are most likely to occur in your area. If you live in rural Arizona, for instance, then buying a life jacket to protect yourself in a flood probably isn’t an investment you need to make.
Be Prepared for Anything with a First Aid Kit
If you're looking to refresh your basic first aid supplies, then the Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose First Aid Kit is a great choice. The kit contains 140 first aid items, including cleansing wipes, antibiotic cream, gauze, non-stick pads and a variety of bandages.
Leave Nothing to Chance with This Survival Backpack
If you want to cover all your bases, the Ready America 107-Piece Nylon Home Survival Kit is an awesome choice. Inside the sturdy canvas bag, you can find everything you need for four people to survive for a full 72 hours. Whether you need to clear storm debris or prepare food and water when your gas and water lines are down, more than 100 different supplies are ready to help you shelter in place.
Take No Chances with Drinking Water
Water tends to be the most precious natural resource after many natural disasters. It's important to keep in mind that tap water may not be safe to drink, even if your home water supply still works. Earthquakes and other natural disasters could leave water lines cracked, allowing contaminants into the water. Products like the Enviro Safe Home Water Quality Test Kit are lifesavers when water quality is in question.
Don't Forget the Nuts and Bolts
Make sure you're prepared to brave a little natural destruction with Stalwart's Hand Tool Set. The kit includes essentials such as a hammer for boarding up windows, an adjustable wrench to help shut off a damaged water valve, and more.
Deluxe Survival for Two
Cover the basic needs of two people for up to 72 hours with the Ready America 2-Person 3-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit. Not only does it come with a convenient backpack to store it all, but this kit also offers a few extra perks that make it stand out from the rest.
Be Prepared for Emergencies on the Go
As many unfortunate drivers have discovered, disasters rarely strike at the most opportune time or place. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, then you want to contact help as soon as possible. With the Orion Roadside Emergency Kit in your car, there's no need to count on the existence of nearby cell towers to call for help.
Breathe Freely with a Face Respirator
Anyone who has ever lived through a wildfire can tell you that air pollution is no laughing matter. Protect your lungs from ash, gas leaks and toxic chemicals with the PT-100 Full Face Gas Mask and Organic Vapor Respirator.