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How to Build an Emergency Kit

In life we never know when we could be faced with an
emergency. In the Northwest, we are surrounded by tremendous beauty in our
coastal views, beaches, and mountains. We are, however, told that due to our
fault lines, a large earthquake could come and wreak havoc on our region and
life as we know it. Living on a coast also means that we are at risk for damage
and destruction from a Tsunami and with so many mountains nearby mud slides are
a constant threat. Other areas around the United States face emergencies such
as hurricanes, tornados, snow storms, and wild fires.

Each type of emergency requires its own plan of action but every
situation can benefit from some basic preparation like building an emergency
kit.

How
to Build an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit can be simple and fairly inexpensive; what
is important is that you have enough supplies to get you and your family
through 7-10 days in less than ideal conditions.

The 5 essential components of an emergency kit:

1. Water.
You will need 1 gallon per person per day (1/2 for drinking, 1/2 for
cooking/sanitation)

2. Food.
You will need food that is high in fat and calories and that has a long shelf
life. Meal replacement (protein) bars, canned foods, and packaged foods that
don’t need to be cooked such as beef jerky.

3. Light Source. Candles are a fire risk
so they should be avoided. Safe-light options such as battery powered or
hand-crank flashlights, lanterns, or light sticks are all good options. Be sure
to pack batteries.

4. Warm and Dry Clothes. Each family member should have at least one change of clothing. Pack a
waterproof layer or synthetic clothing that wicks water away from the body;
know that if you do get wet it is important to dry off as quickly as possible because
moisture pulls heat away from your body. Extra blankets and a tarp are also a
good idea.

5. First Aid Kit. Include items for minor
cuts and injuries such as bandages, pain-relief medication, scissors, gauze
pads, medical tape, and antiseptic wipes. Be sure to include medications and/or
equipment specific to your medical needs.

Bonus Items:
Basic sanitation supplies, a radio, paper and pens.

Keep Your Car in Good
Running Condition

You never know when you could end up stuck in a natural
disaster. Make sure that your car is in good running condition, especially if
you live in an area that reaches very hot or very cold temperatures.

?? Brakes should be in good condition

?? Antifreeze should be topped up and tested to
negative 15 degrees

?? Working seatbelts for everyone in the vehicle

?? Full tank of gas

?? Working windshield wiper blades

?? All lights working including brakes, headlights
and taillights

?? Oil clean and at proper level

?? Tires with good tread/appropriate for season

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
attorney
fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not
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In life we never know when we could be faced with an
emergency. 

Each type of emergency requires its own plan of action but every
situation can benefit from some basic preparation like building an emergency
kit.

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