Following the disastrous impacts of Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma, the possibility of an emergency situation is at the forefront of the minds of many Americans. Should New York State experience a similar, unexpected disaster, how would you prepare? We might not directly experience the effects of a hurricane in our region, but the winter season is approaching, and it’s important to remain prepared for the unforeseen. Continue reading for 3 budget-friendly strategies for creating an emergency kit.
Decide What You Need
This is the most difficult part of creating your own emergency kit. Too often, people purchase and pack things that prove to be irrelevant. Here is a list of bare essentials, courtesy of the American Red Cross:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Battery-powered hand-crank radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply)
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Cell phone with chargers
- Extra cash
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Prep for Free Before You Purchase Anything
Some of your emergency kit preparation won’t cost you a penny. It’s important to gather items you already have, like cell phone chargers, spare cash, batteries, plywood, box heaters and other necessities. Set aside as much of this as you can, before you opt to purchase what you don’t already have at the store.
One of the best ways to save money in emergency situations is preparedness. You should look for sales in your day-to-day life and stock up in advance. BOGO sales are the perfect opportunity to begin hoarding supplies. (Your ”get-ones” can go in your emergency stash.)
At times, vendors will price gouge. Meaning: the price of canned goods and bottled/gallons of water goes up right before and during an expected storm or natural disaster. The only way to avoid this inconvenience is to purchase your necessities ahead of time.