What a sad week this is for Florida and the east coast of the United States. Everyone is scrambling to get out of the way of Irma and wisely so with heroic help from the airlines and so many others as well. While gut wrenching to think about, stuff at home can always be replaced while life can not! It is scary to see stores selling out of life sustaining items like water, some food items and gas.
If you are NOT in Florida then take this PSA (public service announcement) as a call to action. My wife and I for a long time have had an emergency travel kit ready to go. We are taking the time this week to beef it up and add to it.
These items are nothing amazing just what we believe, if push came to shove, that we could maintain life with for a few weeks if we had to get out due to whatever or even if we had to shelter in place with no power or water.
Plus, a basic set of first aid in what was years ago my go-to travel bag that has now become the grab bag if I or anyone is hurt. Here is my list of things we have and you can tell me what you think about our plans:
Ramen noodles cups and non cups (will re-use cups)
Pack of 6 hour Sterno burners and matches
Pot for boiling water
Small wire rack with legs for cooking
Canned chicken to add to ramen soups
2 cases of water
Large can mixed nuts
A basic kit with assorted first aid items
100 assorted sized band-aids
2 rolls of fabric tape
30 gauze pads
1x use gloves
1x bottle Advil, Tylenol & Aspirin
3x Neosporin antibiotic cream
Sewing needle and dental floss for thread
Alcohol gel, wipes and 2Q alcohol
2x 5 gallon gas (we rotate this out with fresh)
1x Tent with rain cover and air bed.
2x Travel chairs
A few rolls toilet tissue & paper towels
Can opener & mulit-tool in glove box
Flashlight always “lives” in the car
So these are our grab bags and other bits. The food is not exciting but will stay good for a long time and will sustain us in a pinch. My little Honda Fit (that I earned FF point buying) gets about 35 MPG. We normally have it full or half full and it takes less than 10 gallons to fill it up anyway.
Thus, our 3rd 5 gallon we use for the mower/snowblower would likely top off the car and then, with 2×5 gallons ready to go, we could drive ~600 miles without needing to find a gas station with fuel. All of these items we could grab in very little time. While I was busy loading up the car my wife could grab a large bag that has blankets in it already and toss in prescriptions and clothing we may need to get by for a few weeks. Bottom line we could be out the door quickly if we would need to.
What do you think of our emergency planning? Are we missing any critical bits we should consider adding to the above? What about you and yours? Do you have what you need to flee should you have to in the face of a natural or man made disaster? – René