Emergency Kit Winners! Plus more tips!

by Wendy Copley on April 22, 2009

OK, so we have our winners — selected by the nifty widget at Random.org. They are:

8    Carol
11    Carrie
13    dsanborn
23    Valerie
27    shannon
28    Queen of the Click
29    Kelli North
36    Emilie S
39    Monica
41    koala brains
44    Liz
52    Sunah Cherwin

I’ve sent an email out to all of you, so if you haven’t already found it, keep an eye out for it.

I thought I would pass along some more great tips that came out in the comments. You all are a well-prepared lot!

Many people mentioned that you should have food and other supplies for your pets. This is something I don’t really think about because we don’t have animals, but if you do have pets, be sure to plan for them too.

Several people also mentioned that you should have copies of your important documents — SSN cards, birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc. — in your go bags. Andrea and dsanborn suggested keeping current photos of your family in your kits. If someone gets separated you’ll be able to use the photos to help you look for them.

Carol S had this great idea:

Hang a wrench off of the gas meter-so if there is a major earthquake you can turn off the gas if needed without having to find something to turn it off with.

Julie Beth had these good suggestions for keeping kids comfortable if you need to evacuate:

One thing I would suggest adding to a kit if you have children are small “treats” to help pass the time if you would have to evacuate to a shelter. I bought the mini bubbles (like you use for a wedding send off) on clearance. Other party favor type things don’t take up much room and can be a needed distraction in a less than normal setting. For adults a deck of cards or book of sodukos might be a good idea. I also bought cheap glow sticks on necklaces so I could give them to my kidlets so they would have their own light in a possibly dark and scary place (and so I can keep track of them).

I thought Cathy’s suggestion to donate the food you rotate was a nice idea:

I go to Costco and buy canned foods I know I won’t eat, ie. Dintymore Beef Stew, spam and some soups. Every year when they are having food drives I donate them all to the food drive while they are still good and replace them.

Alyssa Coberly had not one, but two, good tips:

We keep $40 in $1 bills in each of our 72 hour kits (important to do it in both in case you get seperated)

Also we have scanned every single important document (marriage license, passport, credit cards, health insurance info) and along with picture disks for the last 5 years we sent a copy to each of our parents to put in their safes … this way we know that we dont have to try and dash around our home worrying that we didnt get our marriage certificate or something … just worry about getting out of the house safe!

And finally, Dan S. had this wisdom to offer:

I make sure that I keep all of my bins of Burning Man stuff packed year round. Since I am chronically over-prepared at Burning Man, this means I have everything from emergency blankets to first aid kits to wind-up toys. In the event of an emergency, I can just load up the bins into the car and head to the desert to ride out the apocalypse.

Thanks for sharing everyone!

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  • Celes887

    As a Gas Company Utility worker I just wanted to please remind eveyone with the first tip about the gas meter, Yes it is a very good idea to keep a wrench handy, However, please do not turn on your gas meter in the event of an earthquake unless you smell gas.

    http://www.socalgas.com/safety/emergency/preparation.html#after

    Depending on your area some companies will charge you to turn back on the gas. Also please remember we are swamped by calls for gas leaks and other problems following an emergency, so it can take time to turn back on the gas.

    ^_^ As with any situation, please do what makes you feel safe, and I am sure no matter what Gas Company you have in your area call them up and ask them what you should do in the event of an emergency! I know I never have a problem talking people through anything that will make them and their family safe 🙂

  • Celes887

    As a Gas Company Utility worker I just wanted to please remind eveyone with the first tip about the gas meter, Yes it is a very good idea to keep a wrench handy, However, please do not turn on your gas meter in the event of an earthquake unless you smell gas.

    http://www.socalgas.com/safety/emergency/preparation.html#after

    Depending on your area some companies will charge you to turn back on the gas. Also please remember we are swamped by calls for gas leaks and other problems following an emergency, so it can take time to turn back on the gas.

    ^_^ As with any situation, please do what makes you feel safe, and I am sure no matter what Gas Company you have in your area call them up and ask them what you should do in the event of an emergency! I know I never have a problem talking people through anything that will make them and their family safe 🙂

  • Celes887

    Er, edit to above I mean ‘Please do not Turn Off’ ^_^;;

  • Celes887

    Er, edit to above I mean ‘Please do not Turn Off’ ^_^;;

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  • Karol

    ok, now, dag nab it. I take a trip for two weeks out of the country ( Went to China to bring my beautiful niece, Stella home to the United States of America) and you have a contest while I am gone. Sigh. Big Sigh. Oh, well, all I could have entered was in the event of an emergency, get in your car and drive to the grocery store where you will buy milk and bread. Don’t ask me why, but in Mississippi, that is what we do in the case of an emergency. I never claimed to be a leader, merely a follower. Glad to be home and glad to be able to read your blog again. Did any thing else happen while I was in China?

  • ok, now, dag nab it. I take a trip for two weeks out of the country ( Went to China to bring my beautiful niece, Stella home to the United States of America) and you have a contest while I am gone. Sigh. Big Sigh. Oh, well, all I could have entered was in the event of an emergency, get in your car and drive to the grocery store where you will buy milk and bread. Don’t ask me why, but in Mississippi, that is what we do in the case of an emergency. I never claimed to be a leader, merely a follower. Glad to be home and glad to be able to read your blog again. Did any thing else happen while I was in China?

  • Todd

    I have seen hundreds of food storages. I have helped organize & consult on what to have
    included in your food storage. I share the ideas that I have accumulated over the years.

    Along with your wheat, beans & rice, your canned foods etc. Some even have MRE’s & freeze
    dried items. Whatever it is you have in your food storage, I just want to give you a few
    ideas & suggestions. I am also open for suggestions, after 17 years, I still come across
    great ideas.

    First, make sure you have a good variety of spices. You can eat the same beans or rice a
    lot easier when one day they taste like taco spices & the next day curry etc. A variety of
    spices will make anything easier to eat long term. I personally have many bottles of
    tobasco. I can eat bugs with tobasco, crickets, worms etc. I am serious.

    In many emergencies clean water is a big problem. You will go through hundreds of gallons
    of water in just a few short weeks. Make sure you have a good water filter with your food
    storage. You use a lot of water to cook with & drink. A water filter that you hand pump will
    turn rain water, canal water or saved water from cooking etc. into good drinking water again.

    Have some good vitamins. Make sure they are good natural vitamins that your body will
    digest & absorb. 90% of vitamins pass through you & end up clogging the sewers. True.
    I came across Lifecaps, that is what I have in my food storage, 72 hour kits & bug out bags.
    They digest & get in your system within 20-25 minutes. All natural.
    You can survive on lifecaps & water alone for months. They have all the vitamins & minerals,
    also iodine & a little natural sugar to keep your blood sugar level stable. I bought 25
    bottles before I found a coupon code & then bought 75 more bottles. The coupon code is
    “healthcap” (save 33%) & you can find out more at lifecaps.net.

    Keep hand sterilizer with your food storage & hydrogen peroxide. In an emergency people get
    sick & die from simple infections. In an emergency, you lose your appetite & forget to drink
    water, under stress. Your immune system suffers tremendously & small infections grow large.
    Under stress TAKE YOUR VITAMINS & DRINK WATER! You will have more energy to deal with the
    emergency & have a healthy immune system. Keep your hands clean when dealing with food &
    use the hydrogen peroxide even on small cuts as a precaution. It can save your life.

  • Todd

    I have seen hundreds of food storages. I have helped organize & consult on what to have
    included in your food storage. I share the ideas that I have accumulated over the years.

    Along with your wheat, beans & rice, your canned foods etc. Some even have MRE’s & freeze
    dried items. Whatever it is you have in your food storage, I just want to give you a few
    ideas & suggestions. I am also open for suggestions, after 17 years, I still come across
    great ideas.

    First, make sure you have a good variety of spices. You can eat the same beans or rice a
    lot easier when one day they taste like taco spices & the next day curry etc. A variety of
    spices will make anything easier to eat long term. I personally have many bottles of
    tobasco. I can eat bugs with tobasco, crickets, worms etc. I am serious.

    In many emergencies clean water is a big problem. You will go through hundreds of gallons
    of water in just a few short weeks. Make sure you have a good water filter with your food
    storage. You use a lot of water to cook with & drink. A water filter that you hand pump will
    turn rain water, canal water or saved water from cooking etc. into good drinking water again.

    Have some good vitamins. Make sure they are good natural vitamins that your body will
    digest & absorb. 90% of vitamins pass through you & end up clogging the sewers. True.
    I came across Lifecaps, that is what I have in my food storage, 72 hour kits & bug out bags.
    They digest & get in your system within 20-25 minutes. All natural.
    You can survive on lifecaps & water alone for months. They have all the vitamins & minerals,
    also iodine & a little natural sugar to keep your blood sugar level stable. I bought 25
    bottles before I found a coupon code & then bought 75 more bottles. The coupon code is
    “healthcap” (save 33%) & you can find out more at lifecaps.net.

    Keep hand sterilizer with your food storage & hydrogen peroxide. In an emergency people get
    sick & die from simple infections. In an emergency, you lose your appetite & forget to drink
    water, under stress. Your immune system suffers tremendously & small infections grow large.
    Under stress TAKE YOUR VITAMINS & DRINK WATER! You will have more energy to deal with the
    emergency & have a healthy immune system. Keep your hands clean when dealing with food &
    use the hydrogen peroxide even on small cuts as a precaution. It can save your life.

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