Emergency Kit Essentials

As recent wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, being prepared for a variety of emergencies and disasters is critical for protecting your and your family's safety and comfort. Do you have what you need in your home and in your vehicle to deal with the unexpected?

Types of Emergencies

There are a number of different situations that require preparation to mitigate, survive, and recover from. Some of these can be predicted and might be narrow in scope like localized flooding near a riverbank, while others can strike seemingly from nowhere and spiral in severity and complexity like an earthquake and ensuing fires and unrest.

Although there are a variety of different emergencies, they can generally be categorized into those that require immediate action, those that require you to shelter in place, and those that require you to evacuate to a safer location. While there is a variety of different equipment and supplies you need to deal with each type of situation, there is also a lot of overlap between preparing for various situations.

Preparing to Act: Immediate Emergencies

To be prepared for typical immediate emergencies, one should invest in a comprehensive first aid kit, and if one has appropriate training, that kit should be augmented with a trauma kit.

First Aid Kit

Item Picture (Click to Buy) Price Details
Medium IFAK Bag $100 Blue Ridge Overland Gear
Flashlight $32.50 When equipped with three Lithium AAA batteries, the Streamlight Dualie will be standing at the ready to provide hours of light for at least ten years.
3x AAA
Chemical Light Stick $16 for 10 Chemical light sticks are an excellent backup light source for flashlight failures and to provide to others.
Cold Compress $19 for 12 Cold compresses are useful for treating bruise and sprain injuries, reducing pain and swelling.
Hand Warmers $12.50 Hand Warmers are useful for treating frostbite and for enabling first aid practitioners to maintain sensation for performing delicate work in cold weather.
Splint $14 Splints are used to keep injured body parts from moving, preventing further damage. Splinting is often used to stabilize broken bones while an injured person is transported for more advanced treatment.