Tips For Putting Together An Inexpensive Emergency Kit
It’s here: hurricane season. Suddenly, the weather reports are filled with predictions and suggestions, statistics and advice. And you find yourself wondering if you’ll be ready to protect yourself — and your family — should a hurricane, or another type of disaster, strike. The following five tips can help you build a customized emergency kit that’s cost-effective and meets your individual needs.
1. Think About What You Need
According to the Red Cross, you’ll want your kit to include essentials like clothes, water, nonperishable food items, medications you take, and first aid items. Think about the things you feel are important to include in the kit and prioritize those items by keeping in mind that you’ll need provisions for days, maybe a week or so, but not for a lifetime on a deserted island.
2. Gather Existing Items
You don’t need to run out to the local mall and buy all kinds of new gadgets and gizmos for inclusion in your emergency kit: Take stock of what you already have and place some of those items in your kit. Consider building a kit that includes extra cell phone chargers, maps, spare emergency cash, and bottled water. To reduce the cost of including water in an emergency kit, opt for bottling your own by using bleach-purified, leftover two-liter bottles filled with treated municipal water.
3. Purchase Kit Items On Sale
If you need to buy items for your emergency kit, use coupons, shop on cash-back sites to earn rebates, and look for the best deals-of-the-week at stores like CVS, Target, and Walmart. By buying generic brands of hydrogen peroxide, bleach, bandages, batteries and other emergency kit must-haves you’ll be able to put together a well-stocked kit without spending a lot of money. In addition, you can cut down on battery purchases by opting for battery-free items like wind-up flashlights and weather radios.
4. Include Window Shutters
When putting your emergency kit together, consider including hurricane shutters, which can help keep windows and glass doors from shattering when battered by high winds or
airborne objects. Hurricane shutters can be expensive so you might want to try your hand at making your own out of plywood or polycarbonate.
5. Plan Before Disaster Strikes
One of the best ways to save money on disaster preparedness is to think ahead and avoid last-minute disaster-prep. Look for sales in your day-to-day life and stock up before storm season approaches. Keep an eye out for BOGO sales, decreased prices on off-season items, closeouts, and clearance items.
By keeping in mind these simple emergency kit tips, you’ll be better prepared to weather the storm and avoid having a disaster-preparedness budget that’s blown out of proportion.