E is for Emergency Kit
Most people don’t expect emergencies. But they happen to everyone, every day, in every part of the world.
A good emergency kit can mean the difference between an adventure and a very bad day. This goes double a flood, fire, earthquake, or giant monster attack.
- Phone numbers of family/friends.
- Address of where to meet with family (if separated).
- Swiss army knife
You can carry the numbers with you on a small card in your pocket or your backpack. Be careful not to lose them.
Swiss army knives come with a toothpick, tweezers, a screw driver, and small scissors. They are almost as useful as telekinesis.
If you plan to travel farther from home, bring a few other things.
Basic Emergency Kit:
- Water (One gallon of water per person per day)
- Food (3-day supply)
- Flashlight + batteries
Water is the most important thing. You can survive a week without food. You will only make it 3 days without water.
Clean water may be harder to find than food, but you don’t want to go hungry. What will you bring to eat? (assuming you don’t have Lembas)
Emergency Kit Food:
- Survival rations/freeze-dried food
- Trail mix
- Protein/granola bars
- Dried fruit
- Peanut butter
Don’t waste room with candy. You’ll need good fuel for your adventure. Remember: chocolate will melt.
Emergency Kit Bonus:
- Duct Tape
- Water-proof Matches
If something really big goes wrong, other people may be scared and confused. This is where they need a friend the most.
Be a good friend:
- First, don’t panic. (Pray or meditate.)
- Be patient, and encourage others.
- Share what you have.
- Thank the Maker you are still breathing.
Some people might be hurt. You might even get hurt.
Emergency Mini First Aid Kit
- Antiseptic Soap
- Pain medication (like Aspirin)
- Allergy medication (like Benadryl)
- Eye drops
Have more room in your First Aid Kit?
- Gauze pads
- 2+ pairs latex/vinyl gloves
- Burn ointment
Also, include 2-3 days of any medications you need to take. Have asthma? Don’t forget your inhaler.
Emergency Add-ons: Clothes
- Change of clothes
- Rain coat
Emergency Add-ons: Big Stuff
- Battery-powered radio
- Dishes + Spork
- Toilet Paper
Toilet paper Tip: Remove the center tube. Flatten the roll. Seal inside zip-lock bag.
Want to learn more about preparing for disaster? Check out: Readiness U!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.”
-2 Timothy 1:7
“Whoever has two shirts should share with him who has none. Whoever has food should do the same.”
“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not turn away someone who asks to borrow from you.”
“Blessed are those who morn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity”
“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”
– Arnold H Glasgow
“Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.”
“It’s queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!”
– Anne Sullivan