Tight Wad in Utah: Preparing for Utah's Big One

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Preparing for Utah's Big One

After recent events our family is really trying to prepare for an emergency.  Lately we have been good about our food storage and with coupons we have done it without adding cost.  I want to do the same with a 5 day household pack including personal disaster kits.
I got my information from here.

So my plan is to start looking for deals on some of the following items.  I will post them so you can make a 5 day household kit with me if you want.  My goal is to put this all together with little extra cost.


Medications, a list of prescriptions, copies of medical insurance cards, doctors’ names and contact information.

First aid kit and handbook.

Spare eyeglasses, personal hygiene supplies, and sturdy shoes.

Bottled water.

Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location).

Emergency cash.

Personal identification.

List of emergency contact phone numbers. 

Snack foods high in calories.

Emergency lighting—light sticks and (or) a working lashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs (hand-powered flashlights are also available).

Comfort items, such as games, crayons, writing materials, and teddy bears.

Drinking water (minimum one gallon per person per day).

First aid supplies, medications, and essential hygiene items, such as soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper.

A hand-cranked or battery-operated radio (and spare batteries).

Canned and packaged foods and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener. 

Items to protect you from the elements, such as warm clothing, sturdy shoes, extra socks, blankets, and perhaps even a tent.

Heavy-duty plastic bags for waste and to serve other uses, such as tarps and rain ponchos. 

Work gloves and protective goggles.

Copies of vital documents

So task #1 is to go through this list and gather what you have already into whatever kind of container you can find.  Then check back here to find deals on items you may not already have. 

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