I know everybody would love to win $100 to Amazon? It will be a great start to a basic disaster supply kit! Read on and see how.
Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Being prepared for a natural disaster is extremely important for your family. If disaster strikes you may only have a few moments to grab what you need. Depending on the emergency you may be stuck in your house (tornado or a winter storm) or be forced to leave (wildfire or hurricane).
There are six main hazards you can prepare for. America's PreparAthon goes into detail about each so please check out the hazards that are in your area:
- Winter Storm
Everybody… EVERYBODY should have a family plan in case of a disaster. If you do not know where to start then Ready.gov has some great tips on their page. Update your plan each year and keep your whole family involved. In fact, here are some communication plans for children for those of you who have to include kids in your planning.
Being prepared can mean a lot of things to different people. It also changes based on where you live and what you are preparing for. But, for those of you who are just starting out, here are some starting items that should be in your disaster supply kit.
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
This is a giveaway for $100 to Amazon to help you (or add to) your disaster supply kit. Here are two things I would get with this money (and still have some leftover!):
This Ambient Weather Emergency solar, hand crank, weather alert, radio, flashlight, siren, smart phone charger… Really – all of that in one package. At $58 it would get you a 5 way charger (solar, hand crank, USB, AC, and DC/car. The siren is supposed to be really loud, has a flashlight, and is just all around a great weather radio.
This Adventure First Aid Kit has a little bit of everything (including the whistle). It is $20.
Giveaway Details for $100 Giveaway:
In honor of National Preparedness Month, the Homestead Bloggers Network
is hosting a giveaway to help you become better prepared for any potential
emergency situation. Not only do you need to create an emergency family
plan, but you need to have some basic supplies at the ready. The winner of this
giveaway will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card to help them get everything
on their family's preparedness list!
The giveaway will end 11:59pm on September 22, 2014. Open to US residents,
18 and older only and void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary –
chances of winning depend on number of entries received.