Baby Steps: Seasonal Emergency Kit Check-up

May 3, 2013

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As you jump into spring cleaning, remember to check your emergency kits. As the seasons change, the items in our emergency kits should change accordingly. Now that we’re heading into warmer weather, switch out that heavy coat for a lighter jacket or sweatshirt (depending on where you live). You probably don’t need those snow boots for a few months, so switch them out for a pair of tennis shoes, hiking boots, or galoshes. Gloves, hats, and scarves may still come in handy; use your discretion to decide what’ll be best for you and your family.

While you’re at it, check the expiration dates on:

Check batteries and electronic items like radios and cell phone chargers. Make sure they still work!

Check to make sure nothing’s cracked and leaking (like that bottle of hand sanitizer).

Add items you may have forgotten like sunblock, a hat, N95 respirator masks, or utensils.

Keep in mind that disasters in your area change with the seasons; update your kit to reflect what you might need during tornado season if you live in tornado country, or flood season if you live in flood country, or fires if you live in fire country, etc.

If you’re not sure what might happen in your area, click here to find out. If you’d like ideas on what to put into an emergency kit, read over one of our handy checklists here. We’re serious about helping you prepare, so if you have any questions, ask them in the comments below and we’ll answer!


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