What is the most important item you can have in your kit?
I often talk about eight types of things you should consider for your emergency kits:
- First-aid / Medications
- Safety Gear
- Warmth / Shelter
On our mind map these are all numbered #1. Because they are all important.
If I took any medication that I needed to keep me alive – heart medication, asthma inhaler, etc. – I would make sure I always had a three day supply of it with me, in my pocket (at work) or in my go bag (at home). As we have seen in the last week, sometimes we have to evacuate our home or office and might never get back.
Once I get past medications, all of the items become important. Personally, if I could only chose one, I would choose warmth/shelter. I know that a human can survive for days without food or water, but once hypothermia sets in, it is hard to reverse. Yet I would not build a kit for myself that does not include many of the items.
What is important for me might not be the same things that are important to you. Do you have kids? Pets? An elderly relative you are caring for?
The good thing is that we all have the ability to put together kits that are useful for ourselves, and our families, now – when there is not a disaster happening.
And remember to add cash to your kit. When the electricity is out, and the EFTPOS terminals are down, cash will be king.
Building a kit is not hard, it just has to be done. You can buy a kit through us, at the supermarket, at the hardware store, or put one together yourself. It does not matter where you get it, just do it.
Do it today!
I will be posting regularly from now on, giving you tips and hints on how to prepare for what ever disaster you might strike.