Must-Haves For Emergency Preparedness Besides First Aid Kit



September is National Preparedness Month – but there’s no bad time to be better safe than sorry, right? Living in the Bay Area – what with earthquakes, power outages, wildfires, etc. – it is always a good idea to be prepared. To help you get prepared beyond your first-air kit and non-perishable goods, here are some must-haves to keep handy around the house and/or on the go!

1. My PAK-Adult (Personal Aid Kit) featuring Boost Oxygen

This is a great additional kit just for the adults in addition to your standard first aid kit with child-friendly supplies. My PAK™ Adult is lightweight and portable with enough room to hold essential medical supplies along with prescribed medications to treat pre-existing conditions, such as serious allergies, asthma, diabetes, or heart conditions. You can also add your doctor-prescribed medications to the kit without worrying that they’ll be mixed up with that of other family members. Complete this kit with a portable can of Boost Oxygen – to be used by hikers,  athletes, senior citizens, students, and more for recovery, performance, focus, and general health and wellness.

2. inPOWERED Lights

This will be your best friend during a power outage. This women-owned business makes stylish, everyday lamps that will switch on automatically when the power goes out. You’ll never have to worry about where to charge your devices during a rolling blackout because these lamps charge phones and tablets with no electricity too!

3. Freedom Individually Packaged Sanitizing Wipes

In the pandemic age, we can never be without sanitizers. Perfectly packaged for those on-the-go dirty moments, Freedom sanitizing wipes are individually wrapped so you never have those “dried out wipes.” These towelettes are curated with a Lavender Eucalyptus scent that will both hydrate and refresh.

4. Geekey

This new go-to tool adds ease for all those moments when you find yourself in a bind or need assistance with the task at hand. Inspired by the size and shape of a house key, it’s the tool you’ll never be without on your keychain. No matter what your hobbies are, you’ll always be prepared with 16+ tool functions in the palm of your hand.

5. Portable Power Station

This powerful little generator saved us when the electricity went out in our neighborhood just recently. With both my husband and I working from home, he was in desperate need of charging his laptop. He teased me about buying it during Prime Days – little did he know it would save him!

6. 18-in-1 Survival Gear


This is a handy gadget to have around not only for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, but especially for situations when you need multitool rescue yourself from unexpected emergencies. It’s lightweight, durable, and even comes in a nylon pouch that can hang on a belt.

7. Lockdown Toilet Bucket Kit


When you gotta go, you gotta go. Keep this kit on hand in case of a lockdown or natural disaster, or bring it with you on your next adventure into the wild. Does this count as glamping gear?

8. LifeVac Choking Rescue Device

LifeVac saves lives for people of all ages – and is small and easily transportable, even in a purse or a backpack. Keep one at home and take the travel kit with you on the road. It is being used by First Responders, Elder Care Givers, and those caring for people with disabilities for whom standard choking protocol does not apply. In addition, LifeVac is dedicated to reducing aspiration emergencies in schools.

9. Power Practical Sparkr Wick 

Have peace of mind when you have this rechargeable lighter handy! The Wick is equipped with the latest electric plasma arc technology that is flameless, windproof, and butane-free. A quick 60-minute charge will keep the Wick running for days, while the built-in three press safety ensures that no unwanted misfires happen.

10. Blazin’ Sun Rechargeable LED Lantern


This rechargeable lantern is great for power outages and features a power bank, meaning that when the power goes out, you’ll still have a place to charge your phone in the case of an emergency. At 10″ x 5″ and weighing only 2.3 lbs the Blazin‘ Sun 1500 is perfect for all your emergency needs. The frosted anti-glare cap provides softer lighting that is easier on the eyes over long periods and eliminates lingering visions of whites spots when accidentally staring directly into the LIT lamp.

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