“What’s that noise?” I asked myself. I looked out the window to see a green sky and trees whipping wildly in the wind, their branches almost flattened on the ground. It didn’t take a second glance for me to know a tornado was passing through. I ran to the hall and flattened myself against the floor. We live in a tornado prone area and I spend a lot of time reenacting that scenario, herding cats and kids toward the hall or the bathroom. Tornados are over quickly but leave an aftermath of disaster in their wake. Having grown up with tornados and survived being caught in the midst of a tornado- an experience I never care to repeat- I keep a disaster kit on hand at all times.
October is National Disaster Preparedness Month. I’d like to encourage everyone to keep some supplies on hand in case they are needed. Hopefully, these supplies will never be used but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’ve made a list of some of the items I keep in my kit for anyone who has never prepared their own survival kit.
Good Items to Have in A Survival Kit:
Basic First Aid Supplies
Flashlight and Spare Set of Batteries
Zippo Reliable Candle Lighter
Zippo Emergency Fire Starter & Tinder Sticks refill kit
I have a secret to admit. I do not like matches. At all. I’ve had a Zippo lighter in our emergency kit since day one. I don’t have to worry about burning my fingers and they always fire right up. (Pun intended.) The Emergency Fire Starter is a little different. It’s not a lighter but comes in handy for outdoor emergencies. The kit contains tinder sticks coated with wax. They’re waterproof so they will light under any conditions.
Do you keep an emergency kit? What do you include in your kit?
One person will win a Zippo Reliable Candle Lighter to start your own disaster preparedness kit.