It’s hard to imagine several days (or weeks) without power, internet, or running water, but in an emergency situation, anything can happen. That’s why it’s never a bad time to get prepared.
Emergency preparedness planning requires a variety of supplies. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If you’re starting an emergency kit from scratch, these ten essentials can go a long way in keeping you and your family protected when disaster strikes.
1. First Aid Kit
When disaster strikes, no emergency product is as important as a well-stocked first aid kit. You may have minor or serious injuries to deal with before emergency responders can reach you, so access to medical supplies is vital.
This First Aid Only First Aid Essentials Kit contains 250 pieces of comprehensive first aid treatment products and meets or exceeds OSHA and ANSI guidelines for 50 people. Grab it and get prepared now for just $21.99.
I know it’s hard to imagine, but when disaster strikes, cellular networks may go down. In that case, an emergency radio can notify you of any critical information when you don’t have an internet connection.
The Midland ER210 is an excellent choice that receives AM radio, FM radio, and 10 NOAA weather bands, charges electronic devices via USB and works for up to 25 hours of operation. Get it now for $48.47.
3. Solar Charger
If you’re stuck without electricity for days, but want to stay connected to the outside world, a solar charger can help you juice up your devices.
This BigBlue 5V 28W Solar Charger is compact, foldable, and charges most USB devices using only solar energy. You can pick one up now for $59.99.
If and when disaster strikes, access to clean, drinkable water may be more difficult than you think. And carrying a 36-pack of plastic Deer Park bottles isn’t exactly efficient.
These 125 ml Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouches, on the other hand, are extremely compact, making them much easier to store or carry with you in the event of an emergency. Get a 12-pack now for just $9.74.
When packing an emergency kit, you want items to provide multiple uses and take up little space. No item embodies that more than a multitool, which folds up to the size of a regular pocket knife but includes a variety of built-in tools critical to survival in emergencies.
This stainless steel Leatherman Skeletool CX weighs just five ounces, yet is equipped with seven tools: a knife, pliers, a large exchangeable bit driver, wire-cutters, and a carabiner/bottle opener. Add one to your emergency kit for $59.95.
You never realize how important light is until there is none. Whether for safety, signaling others, or keeping up spirits, a lantern can bring light to an entire room.
If you’re looking for durability, this UST 30-Day Duro can run for 30 days on low, 22 hours on high, and has a lifetime LED bulb that will never burn out. Invest in this lantern for just $32.56 now.
7. Fire Starter
Even if you were a Boy Scout, starting a fire isn’t as easy as it seems. Rather than packing an endless supply of matches and sticks in your survival kit, opt for a durable fire starter instead.
The Friendly Swede Emergency Easy Grip Firestarter works in any weather condition — rain, snow, and even wind — and can start thousands of fires. Worth $20, you can grab one today for just $16.99.
A lantern is necessary to light up a room, but a more concentrated stream of light is needed to locate things in the dark, especially when you’re on the move. A flashlight is more compact and can help you find your other necessities during an emergency.
The ThruNite T10 II Magnetic Tailcap EDC Flashlight is just 1.4 oz. has intelligent firefly, low, medium, high, and strobe light modes, and a max output of 550 lumens. Add one to your emergency arsenal for just $19.99.
9. Duct Tape
People joke about it, but duct tape really can fix anything. You never know when you’ll need to hold things together, so throw a roll or two in your emergency kit and be prepared for the inevitable.
Duck Max Strength brand of duct tape features exceptionally strong adhesion and holding power to everything from wood, masonry, plastic, and glass. Pick up a roll now $9.99.
There’s nothing more unpredictable than the weather. It could be 75 degrees one day and below freezing the next. If you’re without power, ensure you can keep you and your family safe and warm with emergency blankets.
The Swiss Safe Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets four-pack retains up to 80 percent of your body heat, while completely blocking out rain, snow, moisture, and wind. Get four blankets for just $13.99 and keep your whole family warm.
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