Bad weather or other emergency situation can happen at any time. And with any change or problem that life throws at you, it’s important to be prepared beforehand!
In our last blog we talked about the food and drink products that you should stockpile in case of a weather related emergency. These things are critical to have on hand and important that they are stored in a safe, dry place. Thanks to your dependable Cook building, that’s no problem!
But there are other critical things to stock-up on prior to a weather related incident. Here are the non-food items that we recommend adding to your emergency stockpile.
Everyone most likely has a bunch of flashlights in various sizes scattered in drawers and closets around their home. But it’s important to know exactly where they are during a weather emergency or power outage. Without light, it’s easy for injuries to happen just trying to get around your dark home.
Gather up your flashlights, check to see that they are in working order and have fresh batteries and place them in one central location. You also might want to invest in a crank flashlight that is powered by just your elbow grease! Or unscented candles and matches provide another cheaper lighting alternative.
That leads us to the necessity to stockpile spare batteries to power a variety of items in case a prolonged power outage happens in your area. Make sure you have on hand a variety of sizes (AA and AAA are the most common) but try to have a least one replacement for each size. Don’t forget the small round batteries that power watches, hearing aids and other important things.
A good tip if you do run out of spare batteries is to gather up all the electronic controllers and remotes that aren’t being used and borrow those batteries. You can always replace them later. Just make sure the batteries haven’t begun to corrode.
First Aid Kit
It’s important to plan for anything and a big component of that is having first aid on hand in case a family member gets injured or sick. Your first aid kit should be stocked with adhesive bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a cold compress, etc. And for more, here is the Red Cross’ entire recommended list for family first aid kits.
Make sure you are stocked up on any prescription medications that family members take and have extras of anything necessary like an inhaler that you need to take it with.
- Hand Sanitizer/Baby Wipes- These are helpful to conserve water and keep you sparkling clean.
- Duct Tape- For any temporary repairs like broken or cracked windows around your home.
- Sleeping Bags/Blankets- Have a couple clean, accessible sleeping bags on hand. Make sure to check and repair any holes.
- Transistor Radio- Not only will a battery powered radio keep you entertained; it will also keep you updated on the ongoing emergency situation.
- Manual Can Opener- Good to have for cans without the easy open pop top.
- Work Gloves- Important to keep around in case you need to complete any outdoor tasks.
- Portable Chargers- It’s a smart investment to get at least one portable charger for your families’ electronics.
Now you are ready to move your complete stockpile to your durable, conveniently located Cook Portable Warehouse. And to learn more about our Cook sheds, download our resource below that outlines all things that make Cook different from (and better) than other portable warehouse companies.