Scott posted some great easy preparedness tips last week. I’m hoping to get it together and do the thumb drive bit soon. It’s a great idea, and once it’s done provides a lot of peace of mind knowing that you could bail and have all your important documentation. It’s also very cool that Scott got some Red Cross kits for his and his wife’s cars. If you want to go one step further, consider putting together or buying a premade “evacuation kit”. If Katrina taught us anything it’s that a 72 hour kit designed to support you in your home without power/water may not be enough. One of the coolest premade kits I’ve seen comes from Nitro-Pak. The kit is designed to support a family of 4 (there’s a 2 person kit too) in the event of an evacuation, so not only does it include food, water, 1st aid supplies, etc. but also emergency tents and sleeping bags, and the whole kit fits in a duffel bag. Very cool. Expect to shell out some cash (the 4 person kit’s on sale right now for $349.99) but you’ll get everything together in one place and ready to go. Another thing worth investing in (which I haven’t yet but hope to) is some of the freeze-dried food from places like Mountain House. They come in #10 nitrogen filled cans, which have a shelf life upwards of 30 years. So you might have to shell out $400, but you’ll have a ready food supply for your family for a week, and you won’t have to think about it again for 30 years or so. Nitro-Pak carries such kits, as do other places like Survival Unlimited.
For more quick preparedness tips, check out the Hillsboro CERT website. You’ll find a bunch of tips, including a featured “one minute preparedness” tip.