A Basic Disaster Supply Kit (from FEMA’s website) would include:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
The most important items on that list would be a well stocked first aid kit and a good flashlight. I was sent the Pelican Progear High Performance LED Flashlight for review and I think that it would be a perfect addition to your home disaster kit. It is small in size but not at all in power! This aluminum flashlight emits up to 100 lumens of concentrated light and it’s one of the brightest in its class. Using a single AA battery the Pelican 2350 LED flashlight will last you 15 hours. At a mere 4.23″ and you can fit it in a side pocket if you are hiking or working around the house. My husband loves this flashlight. You can buy the Pelican 2350 LED Flashlight for around $30. In his opinion you would have to pay 2-3 times what the flashlight costs to find one comparable. Plus, he liked that it takes AA batteries because we always have them around the house.
Growing up in Wisconsin I spent my fair share of time in the basement waiting out tornado watches or warnings. Did you know that a tornado can happen anytime? Yep, if the conditions are right they sure can! Have your family prepared for any thing Mother Nature brings your way. Some other suggestions that FEMA had was to pack extra things for your family. Pet food, everyday items for your baby if you have one, a change of clothes for each family member, coloring books, crayons, games, and even a mess kit with paper products to eat. You can never be too prepared! If you have power go out in the winter time you could also include blankets and sleeping bags.
While browsing on the Pelican website I found the 2380 model which I loved the features of. A dual purpose tactical light with flood and spot light capabilities: A wide light beam illuminates your work area and a focused light beam will light-up long trails. Pelican’s sophisticated slide beam technology instantly alters the beam distance from spot to flood and vice versa. Built-in battery level indicator ensures you will not be left in the dark. My husband would love this flashlight. *Father’s Day is right around the corner!!*
In addition to the Pelican ProGear Flashlight, Pelican has a variety of cases for your phones & electronics (some are pretty serious), a huge variety of flashlights, and also remote area lights. Follow along with Pelican of Facebook and Twitter to find out when they come out with new exciting products!
*Jessie received the Pelican ProGear 2350 LED Flashlight for her to review. All opinions written here are her own.