I am always prepared for a storm in my home, but I've been lax about gathering together items in one place to take with me if there is a need to evacuate. Time to be diligent and make a bag up.
I used two bags, one for food, then one for equipment to prepare or eat the food and clean clothes. As far as water is concerned I can grab it from the garage while heading out the door if I need to evacuate. I also have 2 disposable grills that I bought at Wal Mart a couple of years back.
The food bag needs to be filled with long lasting items that have an expiration date at least six months out. I don't want to have to worry about the food often so my bag is filled with food that has an entire year before I have to worry about it. Since there is only me, the cans are single serve ones as is the cereal. Another thing is because it gets so hot here in the summer, I can't store my bag in the ideal place - the vehicle.
The food bag (or container of your choice) needs these items:
Breakfast for three days for each person
Lunch for three days for each person
Dinner for three days for each person
I added snacks like packs of cookies, tea, coffee packets, and bubble gum.
Don't forget water
You may want to add a couple of small bottles of wine!
|Here's a sample of the food I have packed in my bag. |
The beans are for a protein source, as is the tuna packs.
Matches or some sort of igniter
A source of light: candles, flashlight, solar lamp, etc.
Some sort of pan, I'm using dollar store aluminum pans.
Eating utensils, paper plates, cups
Band aids and antibiotic ointment
Because the bag is for three days only, small amounts of these items are all that is needed.
In the vehicle I can store a blanket and an atlas.
Wherever you live in this country abnormal weather patterns can emerge. It's a beautiful land, but with beauty can come unforeseen calamity. Being prepared for such things is prudent and will reduce stress if a weather condition forces you out of your home.