In the personal finance community, we often talk about how important it is to have an emergency fund. Preparing for a financial emergency is a good idea, but what about other types of emergencies?
All areas of the country can be affected by inclement weather. Hurricanes not only affect coastal regions, but their winds and rains can have an impact far from any ocean. With Hurricane Ike, residents of the Gulf Coast felt the strongest effects, but the storm headed northeast and walloped parts of the Midwest and Canada as well. Chicago faced serious flooding, and hurricane-force winds were felt in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and more. Some people are still without power here in Pittsburgh, one week after the storm passed through.
Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blizzards, ice storms, strong thunderstorms, heat waves, power outages, and other disasters — man-made or natural — can spring up no matter where you live or what season.
To make life a little easier during such times, it’s important that all families have some sort of emergency kit.
I’ve never needed a full-blown emergency kit, but I’m just flirting with chance on this one. I have had times where I wished I had a few more candles, or a few more batteries, or a battery-operated radio during extended power outages.
I’m done messing around. Time for me to be a grown-up and get supplies together for those unexpected events.
I’m assembling kits for our apartment and our car, as well as updating our first-aid supplies for each location, and I’ll use a few posts this week to describe my process.
Feel free to join me! This is one of those things where you hear about it and say, “I need to do that,” and then sometimes, it gets put off until it’s forgotten. Don’t. If you need to do this, do it!
In the meantime, check out these helpful sites regarding emergency preparedness:
From the US government/orgs:
From the blogs:
Lessons learned from our 30-hour power outage at Stretching a Buck
Ready for Gustav? At The Wisdom Journal
Freebies in my emergency kit at Freebies4Mom
Water: Don’t be without it at Small Notebook
It’s time again for hurricane 101 at HomeEc101
Preparing for the storm at Living Well on Less