Thanks to Briggs & Stratton for making this review of the American Red Cross Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit possible! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
September is National Preparedness Month. Sometimes, when we consider emergency preparedness, we think about the extreme measures that the individuals featured on shows like Doomsday Preppers. As it happens, though, preparedness can be as simple or as complex as you wish.
Taking Simple Steps
In the event of smaller emergencies like short-term power outages, storm damage, etc. or if you are close to resources that can support you, you may only need simple preparations to get through. Stocking extra water, having cut firewood, and storing various emergency supplies (i.e. flashlight, first aid kit, batteries) together in an easily accessible location can make life a lot easier in an emergency. Even having a full gas can to run any power tools can save you from having to make a trip out to deal with panicky crowds.
This Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit available from the American Red Cross is a great start. One of these for each member of your family should sustain you for a full three days!
Longer Term Preparedness
If you are worried about longer term emergency situations or simply choose not to live without for those few days, you might consider taking preparedness to the next level. A couple of winters ago, we had an awful storm that knocked out power for several days. Thankfully, we had a fireplace that we used to heat the house and to melt water. We also had a grill with a full propane tank for cooking hot meals. Not ideal, but enough to get through. At those times, I really wish that we could afford a generator to keep the power turned on in the house.
Whether a portable or standby generator, enough energy to keep the heat and water going and the refrigerator running would have been very nice! Moreover, we could certainly have helped out a lot of our neighbors.
If you want to find out more about National Preparedness Month, check out Ready.gov.
Are you ready for an emergency? What have you done to prepare? What do you have left to do?
This would help us get started on our emergency supply start up.
Angela Kinder says
I live in Texas and the weather is really unpredictable. We even had a tornado in December one time! We experience rolling blackouts (mostly in Summer and Winter), freak snow storms, tornadoes, flooding, you name it, we have it. Unfortunately, my family isn’t prepared and this would truly help us for the moments.
D SCHMIDT says
We just moved to a much more rural state and this would really give us peace of mind with the very unpredictable weather.
New England weather is odd so having a kit like this would be great with Winter approaching!
Stephanie Galbraith says
Currently we do not have any emergency kit. You never know when you’ll need one. This would save the day someday.
Jaque R. says
It would help by providing the basics in case of an unexpected emergency. 🙂 Thank you.
Knowing that we have some supplies in an emergency is a good feeling.
Suzanne M says
We always keep saying we need to get a kit together in case of emergency, but we never have. This owuld be such a relief knowing we have it all together.
ellen beck says
Being in the MidWest, tornadoes are a concern as is flooding . A kit in one place would be helpful!
We don’t have an emergancy kit, but we could really use one.
Pauline M says
We live in earthquake country and I’m reminded that we are really overdue for our “big” one. Emergency preparedness helps us feel assured that we can be ready to survive the madness when it hits!
Nicole Sender says
During the winter there are storms in the area with strong winds that down trees causing a power outage. It ca be a number of days without power.
Cheryl F. says
We wouldn’t have to stop to think or grab things at the last minute.
Tari Lawson says
Having everything in one bag that we can grab would be very useful in a storm rather than our current, find a flashlight then scour for what we need method.
It is good to have all these items together. I have some of them, but I need to get them all in one bag.
Ann Fantom says
Winning this emergency preparedness kit would get us started in preparing our family for an emergency
Don D says
It would make me feel more at ease for my families safety.
Jenny M. says
This would be great for an emergency situation, whether we had to leave quickly or shelter in place.
Carolyn G says
We don’t have one and definitely need one!
We don’t have one right now.
Monique Rizzo says
You can never be to ready- and we don’t have everything in this kit.
Thanks for the chance.
Pam OLeary says
We live in a hurricane zone, an emergency kit would be a great thing to have.
Laura J says
I know its so important to have one and a plan in place, but it one thing I have kept putting off. Would bring great peace of mind to know that we had a kit handy in case of an unexpected emergency!
Amanda Hendricks-Selby says
Well, we live in an earthquake zone, also near a mountain that is overdue….
and every few winters we get blizzards, last time the power was out for 3 days, all the businesses were closed. That wasn’t fun
Michele C says
well we live on an island and if a natural disaster happens here, we need to be prepared because it would be awhile before help could get to us.
Kate F. says
It would be something we could grab quickly in the case of a natural disaster.
Cindy Merrill says
WE Need this emergency kit; power outages are common where we live, so it would be nice to have an extra flashlight and other supplies on hand.
danielle lima says
Living in RI, we suffer from hurricanes, blizzards and flooding. We have lost power for days at a time. This kit would come in very handy.
Justin S says
Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!!!
Caroline B says
I live in Colorado and after the floods last week, I think it would be a great thing to have such a kit.
Donna L says
We live in a hurricane zone. This would come in handy.
Sheila K. says
We get lots of bad lightning storms and flooding in my area, so this kit would be a big help!
this kit would help our family start to prepare for an emergency
Melissa Zimmerman says
I’ve seen all kinds of crazy weather here in TX
tricia dunkle says
It would help us be prepapred for an unexpected emergency
Alicia Thibadeau says
We are all so super clumsy in my house, and we don’t have this, so it would be good to have.
We live in upstate NY, in a rural area. It would be good for us to have this kit for emergencies.
After experiencing 911 and the big black out here in nyc its obvious that anything can happen and you should be prepared
Theron Willis says
An emergency kit is essential for my family, as I live in earthquake territory.
Hope to win!
Wendy McBride says
I need an emergency kit because I no longer have one.
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Christina young says
Having an emergency kit would prevent me from having to scramble around for these items wasting precious minutes once an emergency hits. It could save our lives.
John OBrien says
We’ve had ice storms – once we were without power for 13 days – so a kit that helps in bad situations would be welcome
It would give me piece of mind in case anything did happen
Denise B. says
We live in Florida. So, we can get some nasty storms. Our power was already knocked out twice in the past month, and we didn’t have any flashlights working.
Susan Chester says
This would give me peace of mind because unfortunately I am not prepared for an emergency!
christine jessamine says
this would come in handy for road trips, especially in the winter months
Jody Sisson says
We live in an area that gets a lot of snow in the winter and we lose power and have to stay in, this would be a great addition to our prep gear.
We do not currently have one and I know that I desperately need one. This would be a great start.
Kyl Neusch says
never know what will happen
tina reynolds says
It would be nice we moved to mn from texas and winter is coming and we are not prepared at all
deana c says
It would help my family during snowstorms!
Heather Garcia says
Living in Iowa have to be prepared for tornados and also live next to the river so need flood plans also
John Kirkpatrick says
Wife is disabled. The more I have ready to go at a moment’s notice, the better her chances of making it.
Our family could use one!! Even small disasters could cause big problems if your not prepared!
Douglas Houston says
You can’t be too prepared for an emergency when you live on the coast with the threat of Hurricanes.
Linda Lansford says
never know what you might need
we have lived thru so many hurricanes, it’s insane… you would think we would have some form of action by now! This would be great to have!
Lyndsey R. says
I live in Ohio. Weather can range from tornados to ice storms. From hail storms to flash floods. This would help me be more prepared for our unpredictable weather.
Lyndsey R. says
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Tabathia B says
Where we live when a big event hits we are not prepared in our county as we saw in hurricane floyd
Belinda Shaw says
Tornadoes are a real threat where we live and our son had his roof blown off and his swimming pool destroyed several years ago. Fortunately, he and his family were visiting us when this happened.
Jill Myrick says
We used to never really have to worry about adverse weather in NC. But over the years tornado threats have been real and it seems as if they are more prominent than before. So we definitely need to get things in order just in case.
This would be a big help.
Daniel M says
always wise to prepare!
angela cisco says
We are in the middle of no where and if something was to happen we wouldn’t have access to supplies. Having one of these on hand in case of emergancy would be great.
Ali Gutierrez says
I live in FL- I think that says it all 🙂
Jammie Morey says
It would help us because the weather here can turn ugly fast.
Karen Drake says
A kit like this would be great for us because we have a lot of power outages in the winter.
Rowdy Boys Mom says
We live in the county and so far out that if a tornado come it would most definitely take awhile for the emergency crew to reach me and my neighbors. This kit would help a community survive the unthinkable. Thanks!
David cosgrove says
This would go right along with the rest of my “prepping” supplies.
We don’t have an emergency kit. We get very harsh winters and we can get nasty storms in the summer, so this would be nice to have available for our family.
Deborah Rosen says
An emergency preparedness kit would help my family be ready for an emergency because it would house all the basics in an easily-identifiable bag; we wouldn’t have to hunt for this or search for that when an emergency strikes. Thanks for the chance to win one!
Rebecca Peters says
It would help because we don’t have a kit..
Paula Tavernie says
Because when an emergency happens it is normally quick so you need to have everything ready to go in seconds!
matt lehman says
i dont know of anyone who has too much emergency supplies, i sure know i could always use some and thie package looks nicely convienent
Deb S says
I live in a hurricane area so emergency supplies are always needed.
We live in Central Florida and need to stay prepared for the worst and hope for the best
Jen V says
We don’t currently have an emergency kit, although I really know we should. We get tornadoes here frequently in the spring and should really be prepared just in case.
Michelle G. says
I’m guilty of not having any supplies or anything put together. We have general emergency supplies, but they are in random places. It would probably take some time to gather everything together. So this would really come in handy if there were ever a problem.
Melanie Montgomery says
This would be great cause we don’t really have anything to prepare ourselves with at the moment.
Angela Ash says
An emergency preparedness kit is essential for any home. I keep certain supplies on hand all the time just in case. I get laughed at by my family since I take it so seriously but they appreciate it when the power goes out & the like.
Rebecca Lock says
We have an emergency preparedness kit for our family. We are in Colorado where we often get hit with bad weather. I want a kit for my son to have to keep in his car and take to college with him. I think it is important to be prepared.
Jennifer Reed says
The emergency preparedness kit would help my family be ready for an emergency because currently I am not prepared at all. I need to use this kit as a starting point to get prepared in case of emergencies in my area.
It would help because I am not prepared at all I don’t even think I have batteries in my flashlight
Elizabeth Baer says
Like other posters, it would help me because it would make the supplies easier to find.
Laurie Emerson says
It would help as we live in hurricane country!
melina r says
We have monsoon season here where I live and the power goes out several times during the season. This kit would help us be prepared when the electricity is out.
Jennifer S. says
I’m ashamed to say that we don’t have any sort of Emergency Kit so something like this would be great. We’ve have snow/ice storms, tornadoes, blackouts in the summer so I really should put something together instead of always stumbling around in the dark trying to find things!
Richard Hicks says
WOUld love to have a compete kit like this especially with winter around the corner. Never know when power might go out or other emergency
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Ashley Pichon says
The kit would be wonderful for my family. We have pleanty of stuff at home to help us survive but if we had to leave home we have NOTHING.
I’d be nice to feel a sense of security if something happened.
Brittney House says
Its easier to keep your family safe when your prepared ahead of time.
krystal wethington says
I think the kit would be great because it comes with the pack to keep everything in its place so in case of an emergancy you can just grab it and go.
peter gladue says
You don’t have to look for everything, especially if the power goes out. You’ll have what you need in one place
Danielle D says
It would help in case we got stuck somewhere on the road
Melinda Stephens says
We just moved to a new house and have very few emergency supplies. We live in an area that has pretty sever snowstorms every once in a while. It would be nice to have supplies so I don’t worry when we have a big storm.
I have two dare devil boys anything can and will happen =)
D Johnson says
It would help because it has all the essentials for just about any emergency.
We have most of the items we might need in an emergency but, we don’t have a kit to keep all the vital supplies in one easy to find location.
This would be great to have while we are traveling in case something unexpected happens.
Sky Kory says
This would give me the supplies I would need to quickly escape!
For years I maintained an emergency kit, (plus a small one in the car). It’s been ages since I updated them, much of the stuff is probably expired or needs replacing.
We’ve been working to establish an emergency stash but haven’t got around to any core medical stuff lately. This would help fill out our kit and be handy as well for the home we are trying to setup as a cabin on the farm
kathy pease says
this would be great..living in vermont I never thought any disasters would happen here until Hurricane Irene dropped so much rain and we lost a lot of our roads ,covered bridges and power throughout the state..it was very scary and I learned that we need to be prepared for whatever might come even hurricanes.
In a house full of boys you never know when you’ll need something like this!
Beth B says
Big fan of being prepared! Thank for the giveaway!
Currently not prepared at all – need to get prepared!
Kim Parrott says
I live in a hurricane prone area and disaster preparedness is very important
tina page says
we have bad winters where we get cut off from the outside would and this would make me feel more secure
Patty White says
We do not have a kit, and with all of the recent floods here, we realize we are not prepared at all
Will R says
This would go great with our “bug out” bags.
Sherry Conrad says
The weather here is crazy and sometimes we have to act fast.
Adam Morgan says
I can’t really think of a good reason why having an emergency preparedness kit wouldn’t help. There are always emergency situations that can arise without notice. Being prepared is essential.
Lisa Garner says
We are a busy family of 5 and this kit would be the perfect easy to keep stored and organized way to help my family be prepared for an emergency.
Francine Anchondo says
to help get started with preparing
Christian alejandro says
It’s a huge help to spend time on other things instead of shuffling around looking for supplies.
amy deeter says
it would help my family if we had a weather emergency
Virginia Rowell says
We don’t have much of an emergency kit. It is still hurricane season and this would definitely help out!
susan smoaks says
an emergency preparedness kit would come in handy because we live in florida and there are always natural disasters that we need to be prepared for.
Joy Q says
I just moved to the midwest from the east coast. Where I lived we didn’t have tornadoes but now we live in a area where they are common
JoAnn F. says
Super storm Sandy taught you have to be prepared!
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Rachael G. says
To be prepared during hurricane season in Florida!
Candace C says
I’m a new mom and a new homeowner– my husband and I have been looking at emergency kits to get ready for Nebraska’s next tornado season!
Because part of Colorado just had floods and you have to be prepared
Barbara Butler says
I don’t have a emergency kit would really love to keeping fingers crossed
Laurie Adams says
I live on the West Coast. We are expecting “the big one” earthquake any day. I really need to start preparing for my family. Thank you for sharing.
Tanya White says
This would help us be prepared in case of an emergancy.
We’d be ready for an emergency…
Oh man, we dont have anything stocked so this would be so great!
I think every family should have an emergency kit, but we don’t have one yet, so I would love to have this.
jessica schueler says
I dont have any kind of kit prepared and I think everyone needs one
Michelle Tucker says
It would help so that we are prepared for medical emergencies during a possible disaster. Also making sure you have a box filled with 3 days worth of food and water is a must.
To be prepared.
Erica G says
Well, I should have thought about this before. You have made me realize how unprepared I am. Living in Florida, I should have a set emergency kit, but I don’t. This would be great to have.
Lauren Harmon says
This would help any family in an emergency but since my family doesn’t really have an “emergency plan” this would be a good start for that!
Sue J. says
Between Superstorm Sandy, nor’easters and way too many power outages lately, we really need this!
I was curious if you picked a winner yet? Just following up on a few giveaways that I entered that don’t have a winner listed on the widget yet 🙂