Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? How prepared are you if a disaster hit?
I think many people – myself include – have a false sense of security. “It could never happen to me.” Let’s ask how many people devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and the recent floods in Louisiana and West Virginia if they thought “it could never happen to them.”
There are a variety of natural disasters that could strike without warning – hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, fires and earthquakes to name a few.
What would happen to YOU and YOUR family if you found yourself trapped in your home for days – or weeks – or if you had to flee your home in a moments notice. Would you have everything you needed to survive for a few days or more?
What you need is a plan – and a “kit” stocked with the essentials you’ll need for at least a few days for all family members. Don’t forget your pets! You need to have food, water and other supplies on hand for them as well.
Proper planning and preparation is essential for day-to-day survival, but in the case of an emergency, it can make all the difference in a family’s world. Seventy-five percent of parents agree that emergency readiness became a higher priority when they had children, yet 50% of parents don’t even know where to start.
The trick is finding the time to download the list of recommended products, running around town to purchase everything, properly storing your kit items and tidying them away in an organized fashion. To make the entire process easier and more attainable, Live Prepared is here to help people prepare for life’s unexpected adventures by introducing a collection of simple, high-quality emergency readiness food kits.
Live Prepared emergency readiness kits make it easy for parents to check preparedness off their to-do list by including everything they need to be secure, nourished and have peace of mind in an emergency. Having a kit on hand means parents can provide a prepared and peaceful home for their family, which in turn helps moms worry less and enjoy their families more!
In addition, Thomas Kostigen, an expert climate survivalist and New York Times best-selling author, was just named Global Ambassador for Live Prepared. In this role, Thomas will provide educational content, training and best practices to equip families and communities with the knowledge to weather any type of emergency situation with proper planning and tools.
Live Prepared has several kits in various price points to suit your families needs. They have kits that contain everything you’ll need for the home including food, first aid kit, hygiene products, radio, flashlight, candles, complete cooking and 6-in-1 Utensil Set, Advanced Water Filtration Bottle and more. Some kits even include things like duct tape, premium first aid kits, dust masks, utility cords and a 10-in-1 multi-tool.
Their kits are sold for individual people but you can easily add on more adults or children without paying for duplicate gear and safety items. The add-ons provide you with food for each additional family member for 72-hours (three days). I like that they give you this add on option so you don’t end up with multiple emergency kit, radios and other equipment you don’t really need extras of.
If you already have a “kit” available for your family, but you are in need of food with a long shelf life, Live Prepared has JUST food kits available too for both adults and children. They have 72-hour food kits and one week food kits. . In fact, the American Red Cross recommends having enough food and water on hand to cover a period of at least two weeks. At least these premade kits get you off to a good start. You can purchase what you need now and then purchase more to supplement the kits as time goes on.
Emergencies don’t always happen at home. They can also happen when you are on the go. That is why Live Prepared also offers consumers travel kits (everything in stored in the accompanying backpack) and auto kits.
I have one of the kits that was sent to me to review. It’s packed! In fact, I was afraid to take the products out of the storage box to take photos because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get everything back in the box the right away in order to close the lid.
I love that it comes in a reusable container. You can re-purpose it or add to it whenever you need to.
Currently our kit is in the basement and is easily accessible if we need it. I’d keep it upstairs but our condo is tiny and we don’t have much storage space inside our unit.
Each kit comes with a guide about emergency preparedness. They even provide every kit with a deck of cards. After all, without power there is no much you can do to entertain yourself. At least playing cards games is possible.
I would also recommend that you have any necessarily medications ready to go in case you have to flee your home or are unable to get refills for a while. I would recommend a few toys (lightweight, easy to store) toys and games for your kids (crayons, coloring books, paper, pencils…). It’s hard enough dealing with an emergency. Adding scared or bored children into the mix only adds to the stress.
And please don’t forget your pets! Make sure you have extra food, water and bowls – even if you need to make them their own kits (use backpacks because they are easier to carry around). Including a few toys for your pet would also be a nice gesture.
With thunderstorm, hail, flooding, and tornado season in full bloom, and the possibility for heat-related blackouts in our future, it’s a good time for parents to think through their emergency preparedness kits to ensure everything they need is organized and at their fingertips if the time comes. That is why kits like Live Prepared are a “must have” in every home.
For more information visit LivePrepared.com. Right now, if you sign up for their newsletter you can received a discount code for 15% off your purchase. They also offer FREE shipping.
Live Prepared can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the top of their website.
Are YOU fully prepared in case of an emergency? Do you have food, water and supplies to last AT LEAST 72 hours?
What do you think about the Live Prepared kits? Do they sound like something you and your family need?
*I received a free kit to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.