In the event of a storm or a disaster, it’s important to be prepared. This prep doesn’t just include being aware of the potential emergency prior to happening but also being prepared during and after the disaster hits. Depending on the severity, your home may be without life essentials such as electricity, water, gas, and various other amenities. Building a strong emergency kit is absolutely key with these risks in play. According to a kit building article from FEMA, an emergency kit should last you for at least 72 hours. With many of these items being common around the house, you can start building out your kit today. Below we going to map out a necessities checklist and how some of our products can help fill those needs.
The two most important items to have on hand is food and water. With water outage a potential issue, FEMA recommends having one gallon per person per on hand. This water will be used for drinking and sanitation. The recommended food supply is at least three days worth of food. Expanding upon this, the food supply should cover the daily recommended 2000 calories per person per day. An important note when preparing food supplies is to make sure that all food purchased is non-perishable as you may find yourself without any method of storing perishables.
Other key items include a first aid kit, battery-powered or hand crank radio, a whistle, sanitation supplies, local maps, and a cell phone with non-electricity powered chargers. The first aid kit and sanitation supplies are important as you want to avoid any risks for disease or infections in potential close quarter living situations. You will want to be in the know for news alerts or potential information on relocation amidst an emergency by having communication and navigation tools in your emergency kit. Finally, with a whistle, it’s important to have one on hand in case you find yourself trapped and needing to alert rescue teams.
So where can Coast contribute to your emergency kit? With three product categories in particular- a flashlight, a multi-tool, and lanterns. Two recommended items by FEMA are a can opener and a wrench or pliers. To save yourself some storage space, pack one of our multi-tools. They are equipped with both recommended items plus various other useful tools that you may find yourself needing in a pinch. While having a flashlight is important, you want to make sure to take the time to pack a reliable flashlight even more so. We recommend packing one of our Polysteel lights that are waterproof, drop proof, and crush proof. You never know what kind of emergency you’ll face and you’ll want reliable tools that last through it with you.
The most important lighting recommendation that’s not listed on the FEMA kit list is emergency area lanterns. We highly recommend packing one large lantern and a few smaller lanterns. A big lantern can be used as a strong source of light that you can use to illuminate an entire room or space. We also recommend multiple smaller ones if you find yourself occupying multiple rooms during an emergency as they can be hung up around those various spaces. Understanding you may be without power, the better off you’ll be with a higher number of available lighting sources.
Recommended Coast Items for an Emergency Kit: