Specialty Emergency Kits For Your Unique Conditions

By Eric Holm

We are often meet with such emergency situations which are beyond our control. While some of these are natural disasters others are man-inflicted. We can't always control the occurrence of such disasters but can surely control the severity of the disaster. This obviously depends on how well prepared we are in handling a crisis situation. That is why it is always a wise to keep your emergency survival kit close. It depends on your unique needs to select the proper emergency kits and supplies. Once a disaster has already occurred you won't have the time or the be calm to think out your plan and get emergency supplies. Hence being proactive and prepared is always the first step.

By being well prepared you can not only save your skin but also provide a helping hand to others when the help of local officials or rescue operators is yet to arrive. Most emergency survival kits are designed to contain the most vital of emergency supplies such as food, water, shelter, lighting, sanitation and other survival equipment. There are specialty emergency kits especially designed to meet disastrous situations like earthquakes, hurricane, and a pandemic or flu. Some of the specialty kits are listed below:

Child Care Safety Kit: This accessory kit contains extra supplies for common disasters with children's needs in mind. They often have a child ID & records kit to help identify and track missing persons, especially children, who might not have ID readily available. Also, many packs come with kid-sized rations, games and light sticks, which are easy for young children to use. Some kits go as far as including safety corner bumpers to prevent domestic accidents, child safety cabinet latches for storage areas, all purpose safety straps to prevent children from accessing dangerous places and automatic night lights that work even during black outs, which are common during the aftermath of a disaster.

Earthquake Kit: People living in earthquake-prone areas should look into a disaster kit produced to reduce the impact of earthquakes on survivors. This type of emergency kit protects people and property from the damage an earthquake might inflict. Picture hooks, for example, help keep frames intact and non-toxic quake wax or adhesive fasteners can preserve antiques and other valuables during the shaking of a quake. Since falling and shifting furniture represents a real danger, many kits include furniture fastening straps to keep them in place. Power failure lights keep your surroundings visible, even in power lines have been cut or broken. A crow bar, a shovel and gloves may come in handy when dealing with debris. Finally, a survival guide, if studied carefully, can give users a good idea of how to best use the kit.

Hurricane kit: This kit includes supplemental emergency supplies with hurricane-specific problems in mind. Kits typically have a large roll of duct tape, polythene tarp to craft a shelter, a survival candle for lighting during blackouts. Non-toxic waterproof matches that ignite even when wet, an axe with a flattened head, safety goggles to protect eyes in disaster areas, a folding shovel and a survival guide are also common components. Keeping all of these emergency kits and supplies on hand would be impractical. So it is best to focus on the disaster kit that best fits your needs given your location, housing and family members.

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