How To Create a Mini Emergency Kit

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Britt Smith
June 26, 2024
By Britt Smith

An emergency has happened and you need to leave home in a hurry, now what? Be ready to go as quickly as possible with a mini emergency kit. Read below to find out what to put in your kit and how to ensure your family is always prepared.

What is a mini emergency kit and where should I keep one?

A mini emergency kit is a “go bag” that you have readily available in case of an emergency. Each member of your family should have one that is easy to carry and filled with the essentials they will need. Locations to store these include under the bed, in a closet, or near a door. Consider also leaving a kit at work in case you are not home when an emergency happens. These kits should be updated every 6 months to ensure everything inside is up to date.

What are some essential items that should be included in a mini emergency kit?

The size of your mini emergency kit can vary from a belt bag to a backpack depending on the supplies you want to keep in there. Below are some essential options to include in your kit:

  • Bottled water – make sure to pack at least 1 bottle of water in case you find yourself without access to drinking water.
  • Non-perishable food – pack several cans of food or freeze dried meals if your kit is large enough to carry them.
  • Mask – you may need to protect yourself from harmful contaminants in the air.
  • Flashlight – be sure to include extra batteries or take a hand operated one.
  • Whistle – in case you need to signal for help.
  • First aid kit – immediate care may need to be provided in case of an injury.
  • Multi-purpose tool – this tool can be used in a variety of situations and is extremely helpful in emergencies.
  • Map – if you have no power or internet access, a map is a great resource to ensure you know where you’re going.
  • Aquatabs – these water purification tablets are a perfect option for clean, drinking water. If you have to leave in a hurry and need to use a natural water source or the water becomes contaminated, Aquatabs will keep you safe and hydrated.

Are there specialty items that you may need in your mini emergency kit?

Some families may have special needs, elderly members, or babies that will require certain items to be included in their kits. Below are different specialty item scenarios and what to pack for those.

For Older Adults

  • Medications – a 3-5 day supply of your typical medications.
  • ID band – just in case a separation occurs, having this family member’s full name, contact information, and allergies listed is helpful.
  • Documents in a waterproof bag – care plan, list of medications, and copies of insurance.

For Those with Special Needs

  • Copy of care plan – in case the caregiver is not readily available, a care plan with a list of behavioral triggers and medical needs is extremely helpful.
  • IEP and medical records – anything that will be helpful information in regards to this family member’s specific needs.
  • Headphones/Earplugs – in case noise levels are too loud.
  • Tire pump and repair kit – in case this individual uses a wheelchair, these items may be needed depending on the terrain.
  • Duct tape – if you are in a communal space with a lot of other people, you may want to consider bringing duct tape to establish visible parameters.
  • Hearing aid or communication device – make sure to pack extra batteries and chargers if you require a hearing or communication device.

For Children and Infants

  • Ready to use formula – this is a perfect solution for on-the-go. Aquatabs are another perfect solution in case you find yourself unable to purchase the ready to use formula.
  • Cloth diapers – you may not have easy access to purchase diapers in an emergency.
  • Comfort item – whether it’s a lovey or a pacifier, having at least one quick comfort item will help ease your little one.
  • Books, toys, games – to keep your older children entertained, make sure to bring several different items that will fit easily in your kit.

Should I make a mini emergency kit for my pet?

Yes, absolutely you should! Pets are a part of the family and you will want to have a plan in place for getting them out of the house quickly if needed. These are a few items you should pack for your pet during an emergency situation.

  • Food – keep several days worth of food in waterproof packages.
  • Water Bowl – for on-the-go preparedness, Aquatabs are a great solution when it comes to your pet’s drinking water. Just add one tablet to their water bowl with water from a natural source and they’ll have clean drinking water.
  • Medicine – keep an extra supply of medication that your dog takes in a waterproof bag.
  • Collar and leash – make sure to have an extra collar and leash handy in case you need to leave quickly.
  • Documents – have a copy of your pet’s registration, vet documents, and any other special instructions in case needed. Also, include a picture of you and your pet in case you are to get separated.
  • Fun Item – toys, treats, or blankets are great items to include for your pet to give them a little comfort.

When should I pack my kit?

The short and simple answer to that is now! You never know when an emergency situation will arise so go ahead and prepare with a mini emergency kit for each of your family members. Make sure to put them in an easily accessible place that you will be able to grab quickly.

Stay well-prepared in any situation with a mini emergency kit!

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