SLIDESHOW: What to Put in an Emergency Kit
- Hand Turbine AM/FM Weather Alert Radio With Smartphone Charger
I've got a hand-cranked radio/flashlight combo but this unit goes a few steps further. Besides the hand crank, it can also be powered by the sun and includes an LED flashlight, an auxiliary input, a clock and a USB smart phone charger. It costs $60 at Amazon.com and could be worth every penny in an emergency situation.
- Solar Backup Battery and Charger
In a power outage, you can keep your cell phone or tablet charged with this solar battery charger. It's compact and lightweight, making it easy to pack and carry and comes with a travel adapter, a USB charging cable and six connectors for different phone and tablet models. To find out if this solar backup is compatible with your electronics and other important information, check out Canada Cell Phone Shop. This item costs $32.99.
You should pack everything into backpacks or wheeled suitcases in the event you have to leave your home. And don't forget to check out the dollar store for emergency candles, flashlights and batteries and more. There's no point in paying more than you need to for many of the basics.
- First Aid Kit
No home should be without one of these at any time. In an emergency, a first aid kit could literally be a life-saver. These kits come in all sizes and may contain different supplies. Choose one that seems best for you and your family. This first aid kit costs $32.99. View the selection at First Aid Canada.com.
- Survival Matches
A good old-fashioned match is always a good thing to have around in an emergency. However, these matches are anything but ordinary. They are specially made to be wind and waterproof and come in a bulk tube costing $7.24. Buy them on Amazon.com.
- Mylar Emergency Thermal Blankets
If you and your family are forced to leave your home during an emergency, these lightweight blankets, which come in a package of 10, will be easier to pack and carry than even one traditional blanket. They open up to a generous 84-inches long by 52-inches wide and cost $8.85 on Amazon.com.
- Single Burner Propane Stove
This little stove is powered by either a 16.4 oz. or a 14.1 oz. disposable propane cylinder (not included) and will burn for 3 1/2 hours at the highest setting. Just the thing to have on hand when the power goes out and you get tired of eating canned salmon for dinner. It costs $23.89 at Amazon.com.
One caveat: I'm advised by my husband, who was in the propane industry for 24 years, that propane appliances powered by cylinders should not be used indoors. Ask your local propane authority about proper usage.
- Emergency Whistle
This is one of those little things that many agencies suggest a home emergency kit should contain. Including a compass, a waterproof storage compartment for matches and a signal mirror, it seems more suited to lost campers. However, if, God forbid, you should find yourself trapped under debris after an earthquake, a whistle, which hangs on a lanyard around your neck, will help rescuers locate you more quickly. It costs $2.44 on Amazon.