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Our thoughts and love are with Oklahoma during this time of crisis.  I’ve personally never experienced a tornado of any magnitude but the descriptions from survivors are truly terrifying.

Whenever natural disasters strike I’m always reminded that we are never really in control. Life can be taken away in an instant, which is why I tell my loved ones how much I love them daily and give of hugs and kisses freely. Disasters also remind me of how I need to be more prepared… We have an emergency backpack stashed in the house but I haven’t checked it in awhile, that’s my project today.  If you don’t have one, they’re easy to make on your own or you can get pre-made ones ranging in price from about $25-$150.  You never know when you might need it and you’ll be happy it’s there if you do.

If you want to make your own the Red Cross recommends the following. (Depending on how many are in your family I’d add more food, water, diapers, wipes, etc.)

  • Backpack with multiple pouches
  • 1 Waterproof AM/FM radio with batteries
  • 1 Battery powered flashlight (2D cell batteries included)
  • 4 AA cell batteries
  • 1 Emergency blanket, 4.5′×7′
  • Moist towelettes (individually wrapped)
  • 1 Pen light
  • Food packets, 2,400 calories total, 5 year shelf life
  • Water pouches, total of 16 ounces, 5 year shelf life
  • Procedural breathing mask
  • Rain poncho (adult sized)
  • 1 Roll of duct tape, 2″ × 30 yds
  • 1 Water container, holds 3.5 gallons
  • 1 Whistle
  • 1 Hygiene comfort kit, including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, soap, razor, deodorant, washcloth, comb, and mesh shower bag
  • 1 45-piece First aid kit, including compresses, adhesive bandages, first aid tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, scissors, gauze, and latex-free gloves

Be Inspired,


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