Kim from Tulsa, OK saw the images. Hundreds of people lined up for access to shelters. More lined up for food and water. Hurricane Katrina was one of the biggests disasters in U.S. history. While Kim lives many miles from the affected areas, watching her fellow citizens struggle to survive made a big impression on Kim.
Kim like many Americans had some emergency supplies around the house but Hurricane Katrina prompted her into action. She stocked up on water, food, clothes, first aid supplies and even a TV so her family would be ready for whatever disaster might come their way. Two years later an ice storm hit Tulsa. Her family and neighbors were cut off from help from emergency responders for three days, but Kim was ready. Her preparedness meant that Kim and her family were safe, warm and comfortable and that she was able to give life-saving assistance to her neighbors, who hadn't prepared at all.
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility between you, your community and your government. It's also a big pain. Collecting all the recommended gear can take over 20 hours of your time, as you research what you need, take inventory of what you have and go out to buy what you're missing. When you're purchasing items separately, it adds up. To buy every recommended item from your local outdoor store is upwards of $200 to prepare two people. And then you have to remember to update your supplies as things expire.
We're here to help.
Emergency preparedness is three steps: getting your supplies, making your family emergency plan, and staying informed. Let's tackle the first step now.
What kind of Emergency Kit does your family need?
Your family needs an emergency kit for two reasons: in case you are trapped in your home without power or heat, or in case you need to evacuate your home quickly. To satisfy both these purposes, it's best to use a portable kit, a "go kit" as the emergency management industry calls it.
A go kit should contain enough supplies for 72 hours. Why 72 hours? In the event of disasters, emergency responders are not able to reach every neighborhood at once. By preparing for three days without help, you reduce panic and reduce the demand for help on the system.
Each family member should have a go kit of their own and it should address the following seven needs: water, food, shelter, warmth, light, communication and first aid.
We've created our go kits to be backpack kits (to aid portability), ready-made (they cover all the seven needs) and when you buy from Ready Set Go Kits, we'll send you an email reminder when it's time to replace expired supplies. By negotiating wholesale discounts with suppliers, we are able to offer the entire ready-made emergency kit at a discount: only $89.99 for a 2 person go kit. And the prices go down from there.
By buying ready-made emergency kits, you're preparing your family quickly and easily. By buying kits from us, you're saving money and signing up for built-in free reminders.
Got your kit? Ready for the next step? Head to Step 2: Making a Family Emergency Plan