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How to Prepare an Emergency Kit

Emergency preparedness is on many people’s minds lately. There have been many natural disasters all over the world in recent years. One of the biggest lessons we can take away from all of these events is that when you are prepared before disaster strikes you will be much better off. All of us should have a few important items on hand at all times to help us get through an emergency. An emergency may be a storm, power outage, earthquake, or some other unexpected event that will cause you to have to survive on your own without the common conveniences that we have every day.


In order to have a quality emergency kit on hand you should fill it with certain items. You should always have a blanket, and extra pair of shoes, a flashlight with extra batteries, bandages, some type of antibiotic cream, water, and food. These are the minimum requirements for an emergency kit. You should have one in the trunk of each of your cars, and one in your home. A good place to store your kit may be in the garage or an outside shed. It is also a good idea to keep the tank of your car at least half full at all times.


Be sure that you check the batteries in your emergency flashlight monthly and replace your battery supply with fresh ones every 3 months or so. You water storage should be refreshed often as well. The same goes for your emergency food storage, be sure that you check the expiration dates on all of the food that you keep in your kit. You should obtain the best quality survival food Canada has to offer.


Many survivalist and experts prefer freeze dried food for their emergency kits. Good quality freeze dried food will maintain its flavor, have a long shelf life, and it is easily stored. Some of the other types of food you may keep in your emergency kit will be bulky and lose its flavor rather quickly in storage. Another reason to buy freeze dried food is that you can purchase a variety of different types of food. Many of these foods have the nutritional information on the package so that you can be sure that you are eating the right nutrients to keep you stronger in an emergency.


You will find survival food available at many different price ranges; do not make your purchase based on price alone. Be sure to check shelf life lengths, weight and serving amounts and nutritional values on the package. Be sure that you sample the food as well, whether you are in an emergency or not you will want to be able to have the best tasting food on hand as possible.


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