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Superstorm Sandy has certainly caused havoc. We have heard from most of our loved ones living in the area hit, but power is still out in many places and I believe that it will be a few more days before I hear from some family members.

Living more inland in North Carolina,  we have fortunately escaped the storm. Unfortunately many families have not and are dealing with many stresses, including loss of power.

While having an emergency fund is certainly important, it doesn’t really mean much if your family lack the essential supplies to ride out during a storm recovery. I wanted to send out a reminder to grab supplies BEFORE a storm or emergencies happens.

Essential Emergency Supplies

According to sites like FEMA and the Red Cross, there some vital supplies that you need to have to be prepared for a storm.

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3 ­day supply for evacuation, 2­ week supply for home)
  • Food— nonperishable, easy ­to­ prepare items (3­ day supply for evacuation, 2 ­week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery ­powered or hand­ crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
  • Multi­purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

If you don’t have the supplies and a storm or another emergency is coming, please consider evacuating temporarily. You really don’t want to be stuck without the essentials, especially if you have kids.

Thoughts on Preparing for an Emergency

I’d love to hear from you and how prepared you are for emergencies. What do you have in your supply kit? What do you need to grab to complete your bag?

Photo Credit: craigemorsels

by Elle Martinez

Elle Martinez helps families at Couple Money achieve financial freedom by sharing tips for reducing debt, increase income, and building net worth. Learn how to live on one income and have fun with the second..

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  1. While we had most of the supplies prepared, one thing that i did not have and really wish i did during the storm was a hand crank radio. ordered one as soon as i got the power back :)