When I made our family’s kit, I added a deck of cards, a
long-burning emergency candle and feminine products. If
your home is like mine and often shelters three or four
generations, consider the needs of the very young as
well as the elderly: diapers and infant formula. A great
resource is www.ready.gov. They have a comprehensive
section of ideas for every situation.
Because our family lives less than a mile from a
railroad track and within a couple of miles of an
interstate, I chose to follow the plan for the
‘shelter-in-place’ on the web site, basically guidelines
for sealing a room in your home to block out airborne
contaminates. Statistically, our family has a greater
chance a semi-truck or railcar accident will spill
chlorine gas or some other hazardous material than of
terrorist-released small pox. If you live in an urban
setting or a densely populated area, decide what your
family’s biggest risk is, and plan accordingly.
By making a plan and an emergency kit for your family
and those you care for, you can have one less thing on
that checklist in your mind. These easy steps will leave
anyone responsible for the care of others prepared, and
that preparation will breed confidence; a confidence
that you have one less thing to worry about. And that
can ease the burden on your shoulders just a bit.
Cindy Morrow is a freelance writer from Georgia. She’s
worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, in assisted
living homes and with hospice patients.