One of the Prepare Kansas week 3 challenge tasks is to begin assembling grab-and-go bags for family members, including household pets. You may be wondering how these are different from the emergency supply kits you assembled in weeks 1 and 2.
The short answer is that they may contain some similar items. In our minds, there are differences though. A basic household or vehicle emergency kit will be used whenever there is an emergency. A grab-and-go bag will likely only be used when you and members of your household need to evacuate quickly. Sometimes it might be hard to decide what the outcome of the emergency will be and you will want to grab both.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that in case of an emergency, we all have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days. A downloadable list of recommended supplies is available here. It is also available in the Helpful Links section of the blog.
Be Ready for an Emergency
K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss on Sound Living, a weekly public affairs program hosted by Jeff Wichman, talking about actions to take to prepare for disasters and emergencies..
Keep Food Safe
K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee on Sound Living, a weekly public affairs program hosted by Jeff Wichman, talking about food safety.
Food Safey – Disasters and Power Outages
Salvaging and handling food after power outages, floods and other disasters may raise questions and present challenges. Refer to these resources to help recover food from a disaster.