A dollar short and a day late.

I’m sitting on my couch typing away thinking to myself, what if we had a huge earthquake right now. What would I do? Would I jump up and run out (oh wait, I have little people I need to protect), would I “duck and cover”, or would I squeeze a pillow and scream as loudly as I possibly could? Hmm, the later would be the most therapeutic…

Whatever your natural disaster of choice may be, it is best to give emergency preparedness some thought because you don’t want to find yourself a dollar short and a day late.

Here are some items I deem most important to include in your emergency preparedness kit.

At Least a 3-day Supply of Food and Water 

  • Water – one gallon per person, per day
  • Food – foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk
  • Manual can opener
  • Basic utensils to prepare and serve meals

Health Supplies

  • 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum (specially if you have small children prone to fevers)

Personal Care Items

  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Contact lenses or glasses

Safety Supplies

  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket
  • Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
  • Whistle


  • Flashlight
  • Radio (battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank) for updates on the situation
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Extra batteries


  • Keep copies of your important documents, cash, spare keys, and maps in you emergency supply kit.
  • Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records
  • Paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition
  • Your completed family emergency plan, complete with family and emergency contact information.

You should also keep

  • Extra cash–in small denominations
  • Maps of the area (you should dust off that Tom Tom–the actual book)
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys

A couple of things I do: I keep glow sticks in my night stand (and not for late night raves in my bedroom) for a quick source of light in the event of a power outage, and I have extra clothes by my bed in case I need to run out! Lastly, it is also a good idea to memorize a phone number of a family or friend outside of the state you are in. I also carry a small emergency preparedness kit in my car too. For more information, visit: https://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/index.asp

Anything I missed? Comment below.





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