Living in Florida, we are used to hearing those emergency beeps on the tv and radio, as well as the media going crazy when a big hurricane is “in the box”. If you live anywhere that is prone to any type of natural disaster such as: hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, even wildfires…. is your family prepared?
Would you have enough food if you were stuck at home and couldn’t leave for days? What about if the power goes out? Would you have a way to cook your food, to keep your house cool (or warm in a snow storm), to light your home, etc…? Would you have a way to store drinking water, to wash dishes? Do you have extra paper plates and even toilet paper?
One important thing about being prepared is that when the entire town is running around like maniacs stocking up on food and water and paper products, you are safe at home with your family. You can board up your windows, clean the house, secure loose items outside, prepare pets and get everything in order that you need to get in order. We have the kids pull out their favorite games and toys and create a fun basket. We get out all our flashlights, candles, and prepare the children.
When you are prepared, a scary disaster can actually be a fun memory for your family. We like to stock up some treats and junk that we wouldn’t normally eat, as well as healthy foods like beef jerky, nuts, dried fruits, etc…
We were fortunate to not lose our power for more than 15 minutes after Irma. Other friends and family that only lived a few miles away were without power for up to TEN days. The stores were in short supply of food since most of the freezers went down and generators failed or ran out of gas. Even though we didn’t lose power it was nice not to have to go shopping and put a stress on the store supplies. We were even able to help out and share in our community as well.
Since Hurricane season is right around the corner, I thought it would be good to do a round-up of free printables and articles to help get you started on your way to preparing in case you need to evacuate, or stay in place and “hunker down”!
FREE Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Checklists:
Family Communication Plan to organize important phone numbers in case of an emergency – Fema.gov
Checklist to Build an Emergency Disaster Kit – Ready.gov
Printable 72 Hour Kit Checklist – Pretty Providence
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Kit – Creekline House
Evacuation Checklist so you don’t forget anything – Simple Family Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Kit Check List – Dollar Tree
Fire Extinguisher Safety – learn how to safely and properly use a fire extinguisher
Disaster Preparation for Special Needs Families: 8 Things to Do – Love That Max
72 Hour Emergency Kits for Pets Printable Checklist – Plan for Awesome
Pet Preparedness Emergency Checklist – CDC
Create a Family Emergency Binder with free emergency binder blue print – Joy Through Chaos
How to Assemble a Car Emergency Kit Printable – Food Storage and Survival
A 72 hour kit is an important tool to have in case of an evacuation, but putting them together for a large family can take awhile. Here is an awesome 72 Hour Emergency Kit for beginners printable checklist schedule to help you get that job done! – Plan for Awesome
FREE Storm Preparedness Checklists:
Snowstorm and Extreme Cold Resources and Printables – Ready.gov
Winter Emergency Survival Kit for Home – Mommy Knows Whats Best
Earthquake Safety Checklist – Red Cross
Earthquake Preparedness Kit List – Fix.com
Earthquake Safety Checklist – Fema.gov
Flood Safety and Preparation – Red Cross
Flood Safety Resources and Printables – Ready.gov
Fire and Fire Safety Resources – Red Cross
Hurricane Preparation Resources – Red Cross
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist – Homestead Wishing
Printable Checklist and 5 Tips for Hurricane Preparedness – My Mommy Blogs
Hurricane Preparation – Enchanted Learning
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist – The Housewife Modern
National Hurricane Preparedness Center
Tornado Safety Tips and Preparation – Red Cross
Tornado Resources and Printables – Ready.gov
We have a huge library of FREE Weather and Natural Disaster Downloads perfect for a unit study on natural disasters and storms.
These FREE science units include notebooking journals, research pages, weather copywork, weather and natural disaster terminology & much more! We are also adding new resources as they are being created!
Here are some emergency supplies that we own and use on a regular basis. We even take some of these camping with us!
Solar Emergency NOAA Weather Radio Dynamo Hand Crank Self Powered AM FM WB Radios 3 LED Flashlight 1000mAh Smart Phone Charger Power Bank4 Pack LED Camping Lantern Batteries IncludedEnergizer Waterproof LED Lantern, Weatheready Folding Light, 350 Hour Run Time, 500 LumensSE OD-3WSC100 3-Wick 36-Hour Emergency Candle3 Pack 16oz Soy Emergency Soy Candle 120 Hours Plus
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!