Be Prepared For Emergencies
Do you have supplies for your family in the event of an emergency? Severe storms such as tornados, snow storms, and other weather emergencies can happen without notice, so it is important to be prepared. In recent years, major natural disasters have knocked out power for days. Storms happen and all you can do is be ready to weather them.
I recently shared an article Be Prepared- How to Build a Budget-Friendly Emergency Supply Kit which covered building a basic emergency supply kit. Today I would like to talk about what frugal items from our kitchens that we could add to our basic emergency supply kit.
Here are 10 Frugal Kitchen Items Needed In an Emergency Supply Kit
- Water– though not specific to the kitchen. Water is the number one thing we need to add to our emergency supply kit. Extras like tea and instant coffee or drink mixes would be great additions.
- Food- Canned Food- Rice- Beans- Flour- Sugar- Salt- Yeast and Spices are some of the essential foods needed in an emergency kit Here is a great list of specific foods for your kit.
- Manual Can Opener- no use having canned goods if we can’t open them.
- Soap antibacterial dish soap and Bleach make sure it is plain and not scented bleach.
- Matches– and inexpensive multi-packs of lighters. Be sure to store in a waterproof container.
- Cooking Items- Cast iron pans are a perfect choice for your kit. They’re long lasting and also can be placed directly over a flame. Frugal cast iron pans can be found in many ways. Thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales are great places to keep an eye out for them. I took a peek at amazon.com and they have a few inexpensive options. Don’t forget to add cooking utensils to your kit.
- Hand towels– Be sure to include hand towels in your emergency kit. Thick hand towels have multiple uses.
- Tableware– Plates, eating utensils and cups.
- Garbage bags– Garbage bags have many uses. You can use them for trash and water collection to just name a few.
- Buckets of varying sizes. Buckets can also be used for numerous things, from storage and prep to cleaning and bathing.
I hope I have given you a few ideas to add to your emergency supply kit. If you do not have a kit yet, why not get started today. Once you begin to build your kit you may be surprised to find that you may already have what you need around your house. It may just be a matter of gathering and organizing it to see what you may need.
We want to hear from you. Please leave a comment and tell us if you have been in a situation that you had to go without power for a period of time. We would love to hear of the things that you wish you had during that time. What other kitchen items should we be adding to our emergency kits?