Building an Emergency Kit

By February 16, 2018Advice

We all live in areas where disasters can happen whether it is hurricane, earthquakes, tornados, blizzards and floods or power outages. We need to be proactive and take control of an uncontrollable situation and an emergency kit is critical especially if you have celiac or gluten sensitivity.  Here are some suggestions that I would like to share on how to set up a kit. I separated it into categories so it will be more organized and easier to follow.

Non-Food Items

Make sure to have a large plastic container that has a tight fitting lid.  Fill the container with the following:

  1. Have an envelope of cash. ATM’s working may not be working.
  2. Insurance information, especially homeowners or renters insurance, emergency phone numbers and passcodes.
  3. Flashlight, matches, candles, batteries
  4. Change of clothes, sweats, extra shoes
  5. Blankets
  6. A gas or charcoal grill for cooking. Do not use in case there is gas leaks.
  7. Skillet, pot for boiling water( in case the water has been contaminated) and utensils
  8. Plastic or paper plates, eating utensils and cooking utensils
  9. Paper towel, hand sanitizer, soap, and grooming products
  10. First aid kit

Consider generator. Have enough gas on hand to power a generator.  My neighbor has a solar generator. It has a USB port plus a phone charger built in. There should be enough power for a hot plate and. I think this would be a wise investment if you live in disaster prone areas. The generator is called Goal Zero or order it on Amazon.

Food Items:

  1. Canned meats such as salmon, tuna, sardines.
  2. If you have a heat source, canned soup. Try to find a soup that doesn’t require water.
  3. Gluten free package foods such as macaroni and cheese
  4. Nuts,Dried Fruits, jerky, Protein Bars
  5. Cearls and crackers
  6. Powdered milk
  7. Bottled water, allow at least 1 gallon per person each day
  8. Freeze dried meals
  9. Chocolate -that is a must – Right!

It is recommended that you should have at least 72 hours of food, water and supplies

Check 9 months or yearly for any food that expired or about to expired and replace, when needed.

Make sure everyone in the family knows where the emergency kit it located and also a special meeting location if your family is separated.

No one wants to think about a disaster but we need to be ready especially when you are on a gluten free diet. I would like to hear from you of items you have put in your emergency kit

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