You never know what to expect when disaster strikes. Whether a freak storm or a broken window, everyone should be prepared. Since our spouses are away we need a guide for an emergency supply kit. Fortunately I made one for you!
To an experienced military spouse it should be no surprise when things go south at home during a deployment. Deployments take our soldiers away from us for extended periods of time and it never fails that something breaks, leaks, or cracks. We aren’t usually ready for the unexpected mishaps that can bring new expenses. Living in a single income home every penny, nickle and dime needs to be saved and used accordingly.
I know the title is a bit of an oxymoron. You can’t be single and be a wife, but that is what we are during deployments. No, we’re not single in the traditional sense. We just have to cope and deal with life the same as a single being would. So if you’re single and ready to mingle you’re obviously not a wife (or you shouldn’t be one).
As single wives (or husbands) it is our job to understand what we need during an emergency and why. We are the head of the household and the safety of our little ones – human or animal – is our responsibility. Therefore it is up to us to make sure that we have a plan in place for any and all types of emergencies.
Recently I went through a freak windstorm that left me unprepared. A broken window and a hole in the roof with my husband deployed, what was I supposed to do? Let me not forget that the power would go out for hours at a time and it was freezing outside.
So what did I do?
I called my dad and I told him everything that was going on. I couldn’t find our flashlight, so I had to use my phone. Except my phone’s battery was draining too fast. I had candles but couldn’t find them. Had plenty of food but it had to be cooked. Also, I had a list of emergency numbers for the base but I didn’t know where it was. Seriously, it was a total disaster.
In order to keep the chaos to a minimum next time I’m creating an emergency kit. I suggest that you do the same. Having a bin full of supplies in an easily accessible location will help big time. Even if it is a just in case bin you will find yourself less stressed next time. You can trust that no matter how major or minor, there will be a next time.
An emergency supply kit may need to have different materials depending on what you need. Medicine may be needed for anyone who has a prescription. Keep a spare bottle or a refill of a prescription at the ready in your supply. Refills for asthma inhalers is a great one to have a refill for as well. Aspirin and Ibuprofen should be included with your first aid kit.
The key to a successful kit is to make sure that you use a storage container that will be weather resistant. Items you store should also be leak proof. Use Ziploc bags to be sure if something breaks it doesn’t get everywhere.
Here’s a list of items that I will be keeping in my emergency kit for the next time that they’re needed.
Emergency Kit Supplies:
- Extra Batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Heavy Duty Trash Bags
- Extra Phone Charger/Car Charger
- Canned Goods
- Dog Food
- Change of Clothes
- Hand Sanitizer
Again, everyone’s kit will have different items in it. Babies will need spare diapers, formula, bottles, pacifiers, blankets, clothes, etc. Children will need spare clothes, jackets, toys to keep them distracted.
Having paper money along with your supplies is also a great idea. During hurricanes in Florida the power would go out for days. No power means no ATM’s. When stores don’t have power they only accept cash. Don’t leave yourself in a situation where you have no money readily available to you. This is also a great idea in case you ever lose your wallet or the bank cancels your cards due to fraud. Traveling to different bases around the world, you may not have access to your bank locally.
Hopefully this will be beneficial to you and you’ll get yourself ready for any emergencies that may happen in the future. What will you do to prepare for your next emergency? Let me know in the comments all about it! I could always use another person’s point of view!
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