If you prepped an emergency supply kit for your family, you most likely have the basics covered: batteries, first aid and non-perishable foods. Here are five often overlooked items that can help keep your family safe, comfortable and informed should the unexpected occur.
• Water filter. Tap water is not always safe to drink in emergency situations. While you should have a store of bottled water on hand, you can be extra safe with a high-quality water filter. Consider a portable model, so that if you have to relocate, you can have access to clean water on-the-go.
• Reliable Technology. In an emergency, you may require technology that doesn’t need information from cell towers and doesn’t have to be recharged constantly, such as Casio’s PROTREK PRG600Y-1, which features an altimeter, compass and barometer (great for staying aware of changes in temperature or air pressure). It also delivers this information hands-free, which can be useful any time, but extra valuable in an emergency. Additionally, it features Casio’s Tough Solar Power, allowing the watch to be charged in low or fluorescent light. After a full-charge and without further exposure to light, the timepiece has a battery life of approximately seven months, and a special power save feature conserves energy by enabling the timepiece to power down when not exposed to light.
• Back-up Generator. If the power goes out, a generator can keep you up and running, helping you protect against extreme weather conditions and keeping food from spoiling. Just be sure to operate your generator properly, following all the manufacturer’s safety measures. Never run a generator indoors or in an enclosed space.
• Something to do. The truth is, emergency situations often yield a lot of downtime. Don’t be caught with nothing to do. Find forms of entertainment that can be enjoyed without power, such as books, board games, musical instruments, pen and paper.
• Medication. Beyond first aid, your family likely has other medical considerations for which to prepare. Always have a several days supply of prescription medication for each member of the household. For those who wear glasses, keeping an extra pair handy will keep you seeing straight should your main pair break in an emergency.
To be truly prepared for any emergency, be sure your prep kit goes beyond the standard checklist to include these often-overlooked items.