It is daunting to prepare for a disaster. People, including myself, felt overwhelmed at having to buy everything we need for a natural or manmade event. How was I able to push through the paralyzation of not having an emergency supplies?
I started with buying a first aid kit. Then I bought a solar/crank radio. Then I bought a couple of emergency packs with food and water. Then, I added other supplies and bought a bin to hold them in.
1. First Aid Kit
2. N95 Masks
3. Lifestraw water purifiers
4. Instant Ice Pack
5. Gauze bandages
6. Anti-bacterial first aid spray
7. High SPF Sunscreen
8. Burn Gel
9. CPR Resuscitator mask
10. Bath wipes
This is by no means all that I have in the emergency bin, but it is a great start.
A first aid kit is really a great way to start to prepare for a disaster because it is useful beyond a disaster because we do injure ourselves. You can find basic ones on Amazon and then add to it as you go along. One of the big things I wanted to have in the emergency first aid is pain relief. Pain relief can be analgesics, ice packs, burn gel, anti-bacterial first aid spray with pain relief are all great things to have when there is an injury especially in an emergency. Then I have all kinds of bandages and splints to deal with abrasions, cuts, and broken bones. Again, these things can come in handy when there is an everyday injury, but really useful in an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or any event where injuries happen and you cannot get to hospital.
The CPR Resuscitator mask was added because it was a non-perishable item that can come in handy if someone stops breathing. One of the top three skills that saves lives is: opening the airway and resuscitation, treating shock, and stopping bleeding. Anything that can make it easier to save lives, the better.
In regards to burn gel, I have to say that this has come in handy when I have burnt myself in the kitchen. It is a god-send and takes the pain away quickly as if by magic. This is not for major burns or burns for large areas of your body, you will need to be hospitalized for that, but for minor burns, you want this in your pack.
Sunscreen is something that should be used everyday, but make sure you have a tube or bottle in your emergency kit. If you have to evacuate or stay outdoors after an earthquake or fire, you will need protection from the sun. You want to prevent getting burnt while trying to survive a disaster.
In an emergency, you need to be able to save water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. One of the things that can improve your quality of life is to have bath wipes to clean up.
What we learned from people's recent experiences losing water in Texas during that freeze, that without clean water, your survival and quality of life will be impacted drastically. I started out getting emergency water, but then realized I wanted a way to be able to get drinkable water without having to boil it or have too many packaged water. In Texas, people were told to boil water, but they couldn't because they had no power. So, I bought lifestraws and lifestraw family filtration systems that can purify pond water to be safe. Making sure you have plenty of water to drink, clean wounds, clean your surroundings is huge.
Because we live in Northern California and in the American West, we have needed N95 masks prior to COVID for very unhealthy air created by wildfire smoke. Wildfire smoke these days is not only of burning forests or grasses, but houses and other buildings, so protection from particulates is important. It is important to get these when there is less demand because when it is in the midst of wildfire smoke season, it can be impossible to find them anywhere.
Finally, get yourself a heavy duty bin like the one pictured from Costco. If you have to evacuate, you can take the tub(s) with emergency supplies in the car or trunk and go. If you are sheltering-in-place you have supplies in a single and dry place. In other posts, I will give you more items to put into your emergency bins. You can do this!