Prepare for Emergency Plan to reduce stress. Today’s decluttering blog gives you tips to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster.

Are you ready if a natural disaster should strike? Do you know what supplies you need to have on hand for you and your pets? Would you like to know how to stay calm no matter what? Learn how to be prepared for an emergency.

Look for the second part of this blog next Thursday.


Today’s decluttering blog was inspired by the time I was stuck in the car for 15 hours. And I wasn’t prepared. Also, because I purchased a tool in case you’re submerged in water you can break the glass.  It’s worth it for my peace of mind.

When I lived in LA, I had a bag in case there was an earthquake. That’s a reality for people living out in that area, and others as well. And my hometown and other parts of WV were hit with floods on multiple occasions.  I had a classmate who lost a stepdaughter. If you’re prepared you most likely can survive a disaster.

What should you have for an ER?

First up is the home.  You are going to want to store items in airtight plastic bags and put them into easy-to-carry containers such as a duffle bag.

Water. The government suggests 1 gallon of water per person per day for drinking & sanitation for three days.  Based on our government, I’d say 5. I’m not counting on the government for anything.

Food. 3-days supply, of non-perishable food. My husband has MRE I said I would have to be on death’s door before I eat those. If you have cans, make sure you have a can opener, napkins, and paper plates If I am in a true disaster, junk food is okay.

Battery or hand-cranked radio and an NOAA weather radio with tone alter broadcasting.  You can get continuous weather information directly from National Weather Service (NWS) offices across the country. The broadcasts include warnings, watches, forecasts, current weather observations, and other hazard information, 24 hours a day.

Flashlight. Waterproof is ideal.


First aid kit….check out previous blogs on what to prepare in your kit.

Whistle, matches waterproof container, pen, and pencil

Dust mask, plastic sheeting, and duct tape to make a shelter in place.  A camping tent. 

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

Wipes, garbage bags, and ties for sanitation

Local maps in case you can’t access your phone.

Cell phone with charger and backup battery

Medicines, Glasses, and contacts solution.

Infant supplies: food, diapers, toys.


Cash & traveler checks. If electricity is down, you won’t be able to use credit.

Change of clothes and a few changes of underwear.

Blankets or sleeping bags.

Personal hygiene such as sanitary pads, deodorant, etc.

Entertainment such as cards, coloring books, and puzzles.

Bleach and a medicine dropper to disinfect water. Life straw which is a personal water filter. Says surpasses EPA standards for water filters.

Insurance policies, ID, and bank account records are in a waterproof container or saved electronically. I have an important docs file

Remember to check your supplies every six months. Update as your needs change and grow.  Keep in a cool dry place.

Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.  You may also want to consider creating a small kit for work with food, water, comfortable shoes and meds, and a copy of prescriptions.



It’s heartbreaking to see lost pets, pets that die during a disaster. If you are prepared you to have a good chance of being saved.

Food and water for 3 to 5 days in an airtight, waterproof container. 

Medicine and Medical Records (many are online now, so consider keeping a copy in your email). Make sure you have this information in case you need to see a new vet.

Important documents. If you haven’t already, get your pet microchipped and spayed or neutered while we are talking about it.  Adoption, vaccination, registration, rabies tag, and any other important documents. Again, much of this can already be online.

First aid kit—check out my previous blog on a first aid kit for pets.


Collar, harness or thunder jacket with ID tag and leash

Crate or pet carrier. Large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down if they are going to be created for a while.

Sanitation.  Litter and litter box; paper towels, trash bags, household bleach

Picture of you and your pet, if become separated this can help document ownership.  Add species, breed, age, sex, color, and any distinguishing marks or characteristics.

Toys, blankets, bedding. These can all be used to help reduce stress. Consider something like Feliway or other calming solutions for your pet.

What do you need to do to prepare for an emergency? What do you need for your first aid kit? What do you need to do to prepare pets?

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