Flash Flooding ; A serious flood can leave your family without power, clean water, and heat for hours or even days. This means everyone in your household will be cold and unable to eat or go to the bathroom. However, by investing in a simple survival kit your can keep your family safe during the storm with food rations, battery powered lights, and even a snap-on toilet seat attached to a bucket.
Snow-Ins ; As anyone who has every lived in a cold climate will tell you, snow-ins are a very real possibility in the middle of winter. Massive amounts of snow can block streets, and force you to stay in your home for long periods of time. In bad cases, snow can even lead to the loss of electricity in your home and surrounding neighborhood. If you live in a place with lots of snow, then a survival kit with food and first aid supplies is essential.
Flu Pandemic Protection; Over the past few years, the country has been worried about the H1N1 virus. This has caused a noticeable increase in the amount of Americans concerned about pandemic protection. If there were a major outbreak, then a flu safety kit could help your family stay safe. In addition to having supplies to avoid leaving your home for at least a week, you should be prepared with medications including fever and pain medicine, multivitamins, hydrating beverages such as Gatorade, garbage bags, soap, and other disinfection supplies.
Classroom Lockdowns; When there is a crime on school grounds, or a serious storm, students could be required to stay in their classrooms for hours without enough food, first aid supplies, or bathroom facilities. Since these lock downs can last anywhere from a few minutes, to a few days, it is a good idea to make sure your child’s classroom is properly equipped for an emergency.
Office Emergencies; It is an employers job to make sure that their employees are in a safe environment, and aware of first aid kits and emergency exits. However, in an emergency, sometimes aid is not readily available, or exit is not possible. Therefore, it is a good idea to have emergency kits with enough supplies to care for all employees at the office.
Earthquakes; Earthquakes are common in many places of the world, and tend to come at completely unexpected times, as the recent tragedy in Haiti has proven. While the severity of an earthquake can range anywhere from a harmless rumble to all out devastation, even the smallest earthquake could leave you unprepared in your home, car, or place of work. However, by investing in a 72 hour emergency kit you can rest assured that you and your family will be safe if a large earthquake ever hit your city.
Wildfires; Lately wildfires have become a serious problem, especially for Americans living on the west coast. However, there are ways to stay prepared. During fire season, you can turn your standard emergency kit into a wildfire protection kit by adding a few other supplies such as an axe, handsaw, hose, shovel, etc.
Medical Emergencies; A medical emergency could happen any time, anywhere. While calling 911 should always be your first step, there are instances where a phone or car is not readily available, or immediate attention is required. By keeping a few emergency kits – stocked with first aid supplies – in your home, office, and automobile you can help make the difference between life and death in a medical emergency.