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It’s National Preparedness Month – Time to Check Your Supplies!

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Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with Bloggin Mamas and a handful of other bloggers to bring to you this important information.

It’s that time of the year again – National Preparedness Month. With the hustle of back-to-school squashed between the looming holiday season it’s easy to forget about the importance of being prepared. No matter the circumstances in your family, preparedness is an important task.


Preparedness doesn’t have to be complicated though.

The first step is the Be Informed. Understand the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen in your area. That way you can tailor the plan you make. Also take into consideration your pets, children, elderly, and anyone in your family with a disability of any kind. This great video (close captioned and signed!) shows how to help anyone prepare themselves for the unexpected.

The next step is to Make a Plan. This may involve talking with medical and health care providers about access to medications in case of emergency, as well as designating out of state contacts. You also want to help your family practice what they might do in case of emergency – make it a fun game for the kids!

Then you will be ready to Build a Kit. Assemble the emergency and evacuation supplies that you might need for each person. Be sure to include medical information and out-of-state contact information for each member of the family, in case you get separated! Often parents assume they will be with their children, but that doesn’t always happen, so have a family communication plan in place. Remember it can take 72 hours or longer for emergency relief workers to get set up on scene.

Lastly, Get Involved. If you’re wondering how to help friends and family in your community there are many things you can do. From helping prepare at a community level to volunteering to assist others, giving back is so rewarding.

What are you doing this month to make your family safer and better prepared?

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  1. We have an escape plan, supplies ready of all kinds in case of a disaster.

  2. Jillian Too says:

    We have a family plan of what to do and where to go in case of a natural disaster. We also have emergency supply kits ready to go.

  3. For a natural disaster, we make sure to have plenty of nonperishable foods along with lots of water. We also make sure to have a first aid kit handy with flash lights and batteries.

  4. Tami Vollenweider says:

    We usually have a lot of non perishable food and plenty of water on hand. We also have a generator,with plenty of gas,when we might have a natural disaster.I especially have to worry about it, when an Hurricane hits my area!

  5. Karen Jaras says:

    I have some prepper supplies, but since I became disabled, bugging out is no longer and option. I will have to stay and fight so I need a new plan.

  6. Living in Florida it’s always nice to have a Hurricane readiness pack…
    And every year something comes up so mine isn’t fully prepared… This year it’s because I have to have surgery… So all our extra money is going to the side for the days I’m out of work with that since I don’t have sick or vacation days. :/

  7. Well I make sure I have plenty of candles. flashlights, batteries and shelf stable food. I also make sure to have bottled water and food for my animals as well.

  8. shelly peterson says:

    I make sure I have non perishable food and water. I have a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries and candles/lighter.

  9. This is something I really need to do, honestly. I’ve never lived in a place that I had to worry much about it, but with the weather changes, it’d be nice to be prepared and have some peace of mind for my family. I would like to ensure we have enough food and water for all of us for 7 days.

  10. Anita Duvall says:

    We have bought the survival meals, batteries, flash lights, and bottled water by the case!

  11. I have a supply of food and other emergency items together. I have a backpack for my pup as well. There is not much you can do other than that.

  12. For a natural disaster we try and stock plenty of water. We also stock plenty of canned foods. I always think it’s a good idea to have charcoal for our grill, because we can make hot foods with it. Last but not least we will have some cash and store our personal paperwork in ziplock bags.

  13. Leilani Caoagdan says:

    Being in the middle of the ocean and because of El Nino we are seeing a few storms passing our way, we need to be prepared and not be complacent when it comes to all these storms heading our way!

  14. lissa crane says:

    Since being caught in the middle of Super Storm Sandy a few years ago, and being without power for 9 cold days, I stay pretty well stocked for an emergency. I keep a few cases of water, some canned food with a can opener, and plenty of extra batteries! Even when you are prepared, its important to remember to make sure things aren’t expired. This is a great reminder for me to restock and check my batteries!

  15. Jennifer Reed says:

    We do have some canned goods and water supplied but I need to be much more proactive. I enjoyed reading this posting.

  16. We keep a good supply of water, batteries and non-perishable foods on hand in case of an emergency. We keep these supplies updated.

  17. We have lots of water, long-lasting LED flashlights, food in pouches, candles, lots of extra meds. I’m in NYC – it’s only a matter of time before we get hit again.

  18. We have plenty of non perishables, flashlights, batteries and first aid supplies. We also have a place to go incase we need to leave our home.

  19. We have a plan as to where to go to make sure we are all together and a good stockpile of water and food

  20. Water. Canned Food. Flashlights.

  21. We have a family emergency evacuation plan, for starters. We also have a week’s supply of food and water along with camp cookware and hurricane lanterns.

  22. We have several weeks worth of water, non-perishable food, and a plan for getting to safety.

  23. Karen Giasson says:

    The only disasters that happen in Maine are huge snowstorms. I prepare by having plenty of water, batteries and TP, lol.

  24. I keep an emergency kit, and I sleep with shoes near the bed. Living in earthquake county you never know when you might need to run!

  25. David Fultner says:

    Oh have kits for this. We have issues during Rita.

  26. Blizzards are a common winter event where we are, I prepare for it. We keep oil lamps and a generator in case of power outages and food that can be eaten without cooking.

  27. Cathy Philipps says:

    We have a safety plan in case of storms. I keep water,blankets and non perishable foods in our safety area.

  28. Well, to be honest, we do not do enough to prepare ahead of time. This is something I need to work on and get prepared. We do have a plan in case of fire for everyone to get out and a meeting place, but I really need to stock up on some water, food, batteries and have things ready.

  29. Cathy French says:

    We don’t really have a safety plan but I know we should. I do have a good supply of batteries and bottled water and first aid kits. We are in the market for a generator so we don’t lose perishables like we have before due to power outages.

  30. This is terrible but we really don’t have a plan. When the ice storm hit us several years back, we were ill prepared. Thank goodness for blankets and over a dozen candles to keep us “warm” in our bedroom.

  31. To prepare for natural disasters we stock up on bottle water, non-perishable foods, gasoline for the generator and cars, batteries, propane and charcoal for the grills. We also prepare emergency evacuation packs and first aid kits.

  32. We always have bottled water and batteries and nonperishable food.

  33. We got it together right after 9-11. We have food, water, candles, flashlights… Come to think of it,some of the canned food has been sitting there since 9-11. I’d better get rid of some and restock.

  34. Debbie Welchert says:

    We have plenty of canned food, water, a wind up radio and wind up flashlight. We also have a regular flashlight with batteries, blankets, etc…

  35. Lol. My husband is a bit of a prepper. We have a year’s worth of food and water stocked up, medical kit, pet emergency stuff, etc.

  36. We have a cabinet where we keep our supplies. We have flashlights, first aid kits, water and some food and blankets.

  37. We prepare for a natural disaster by keeping water and canned goods on hand. We also have a generator and pellets for the fireplace.

  38. To keep prepared always keep bottle water and batteries.

  39. I keep batteries and emergency supplies together in a plastic bin. I also have a wind up radio that can be used when there is no power.

  40. I prepare for a natural disaster by having my emergency supplies and telling everyone about safety precautions we should take if there was a disaster to happen.

  41. We always have plenty of supplies on hand a central meeting place picked out

  42. tracey johnson says:

    I make sure to grab the first aid kit, I grab our medicine, Then our emergency packs that have water bottle, thermal blanket, snacks, and a few other items.

  43. We have first aid kits, plenty of water, flashlights, lots of batteries, and a radio. We need to get a generator and I still need to add some blankets!

  44. My family and I were actually in a hurricane and we prepared by boarding up our house, stocking up on non perishable food and water!

  45. Living in Florida, we are always prepared for a natural disaster and/or inclement weather. We always keep our car at least half way full of gas, and we have a pantry specifically for such an occasion with non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water and a first aid kit. We also have cash that is hidden away for such an emergency.

  46. Ellie Wright says:

    In the Dallas area our natural disasters are usually tornadoes. We have a designated spot in the house to gather and I keep flashlights with fresh batteries at the ready.

  47. We stock up on non perishables, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer and we also make sure to have our first aide kit stocked with everything we could need. We have never experienced a natural disaster but tornado’s are getting close to us sometimes.

  48. I have all the things listed in the graphic except for a spare phone charger.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  49. Honestly? I don’t have a kit or anything at all. There’s “extra” stuff around my house in case something happens, but nothing really put together. *Shrugs* I know that’s absolutely horrible

  50. Darla Shannon says:

    We pack plenty of water, food,medicine, insurance papers, money, clothes for a week and some tools and evacuate when a hurricane is headed our way.

  51. michelle k. says:

    We don’t have a kit. We know where to go in case of a tornado. We also have flashlights all over the house

  52. Eileen Richter says:

    Gotta say, after my brothers family lost their home and a handful of lives in their neighborhood were lost from a tornado, we got very safety savvy. But alas, we have dropped off on our responsibility levels. We used to have a bin in our basement with a radio, batteries, blankets, sweatshirts, a large camping light, and keep water bottles in our basement pantry that always were replaced. Also, food. Kids were little so we also stored books to read to them to keep them calm and pass the time and a battery pack video player. . A cordless phone was always easy to grab and one phone ready on the wall by bottom of stairs. We need to get back on board and have this ready. One thing my brother could have used near the bed were rubber bottomed slippers to step into. He got badly cut on his feet when the tornado came in the night.

  53. Living in hurricane country, we keep a bin of supplied during hurricane season, including batteries, radio, flashlight, canned goods, etc. We also keep inportant documents in ready to go containers, as well as family photos. And we always keep 2 cases of bottled water on hand

  54. I have bottled water and flashlights with batteries. I have a first aid kit and cash.

  55. We have an earthquake “shelf” in our spare room. (they say to put it in a trashcan, but I know myself, and if I don’t see it I’ll end up with 5 year old nasty food in there!!!). We have water, food, pet necessities and, since we’ve already discussed that if disaster hits my 86 year old father will come stay with us, lots of liquor. Cause this girls gonna need it.

  56. Melissa Crisp says:

    I make sure we are stocked up on water, batteries and flashlights.

  57. Jessica Lodge says:

    I’m going to be honest we are not too prepared for a natural disaster. We have candles/ matches/ and flashlights. We also have a first aid kit. That’s about it.

  58. I prepare by having plenty of bottled water, toilet paper,non perishable food, and flashlights with extra batteries. I’m on the East Coast and occasionally we’ll get hit with tropical storms and hurricanes so we need to be prepared.

  59. We have supplies of food and water, radio, batteries, a plan of where to meet in case of an emergency. We also keep blankets in the trunk of our cars.

  60. La Vonne Yates says:

    You know, we have never prepared for a natural disaster. I think it would be a good idea to prepare, because you never know just what might happen. Its also a good learning experience for the kids. This way they know what to expect and know what they need to have on hand in order to survive should such a disaster should happen in our area.

  61. We have a bag with emergency supplies – batteries, flashlights, water and food. Thanks!

  62. On the contest form, second group of face book visits. I visited each but the entry didn’t go through for some reason. Can you please check? Maybe I overlooked something? Thanks!

  63. We have an escape plan set and go bags ready in case we have to leave our home. We haven’t decided what to do about traveling with our cat. We know we will put her in the carrier, but we worry about that aspect of a disaster.

  64. Bailey Dexter says:

    We always have plenty of bottled water, prepared food in the freezer, batteries in the radio, and a small safe room the the basement if needed.

  65. Plan A is do what the hubby tells me. Plan B do what the hubby tells me within reason. For example in Florida we tend to flood. First time I listend to him and we left the house it flooded. This year street very flooded up the the front porch I said we are staying. Guess what the house didn’t flood!

  66. We have a supply of water, some canned foods and can opener, and batteries and flashlights.

  67. We live in the south, so hurricanes are reality. For starters, we have a family plan. We also stock up on necessities and stay informed about the weather.

  68. tara darity says:

    We have an escape plan. I have weather alerts to let us know when to prepare!

  69. We don’t currently have anything prepared for a natural disaster. I know horrible right?

  70. I hate to say that I am more than likely underprepared for a natural disaster. I do have a case of water handy but as far as having an essential “go” bag, it’f definitely something I need to work on.

  71. I’m in Georgia so we don’t have a lot of natural disaster risk here. I will say though that we always have lots of non-perishable food items and tons of camping equipment, so we can always cook with gas burners when ther power does go out!

  72. We have emergency containers for each member of the family with enough water and food to last a few weeks. In addition we have a container with important supplies like flashlights, batteries, toilet paper and a first aid kit.

  73. My family has a safety plan. We all have BOB”s and keep them in a safe place. We also have food storage and water storage plus first aid kits.

  74. Sandy Bonestel says:

    For natural disasters, I try to be prepared by having extra water and foods that don’t require cooking, in case the power is out. I also have extra cat food and littler for out two cats. Also candles and flashlights.

  75. Kimmy Ripley says:

    We make sure we are always stocked up on food and water. We also make sure we have batteries.

  76. Miles Imhoff says:

    Step 1: Pray to Jesus for help!
    Step 2: Get water and non-perishables!
    Step 3: Head for well-fortified shelter!

    God bless,

  77. We always have plenty of water, a generator and an escape plan

  78. Andrew Berg says:

    We always have batteries and non-perishables. We also know where to meet if something goes awry.

  79. I have batteries, my cell phone and charger, flashlights, bottled water, some food that doesn’t need to be cooked, along with a coat, boots and a change of clothes, in a large plastic bin close to my bed 🙂

  80. With 2 older kids ( 18-20) we have a place to meet, a pantry of back up food, batteries, water and supplies. If we are unable to get to our house, we have multiple places to meet in the event cell phone’s are down. Being safe is very important to our fmaily

  81. Because we travel for work, it’s a bit tough. We do however watch the weather to try to avoid being in the path of dangerous storms when possible.

  82. I prepare for natural disasters by having enough water, food, flashlights, etc. on hand. I also make sure to not let my car’s gas tank get below 1/2 a tank in case I have to leave town.

  83. Cathy Truman says:

    We have extra bottled water, flashlights, batteries, food (nuts and bars and peanut butter and canned food)
    We have clothes, pet items and extra meds in a box in the closet all ready to go.

  84. Alyce Poalillo says:

    Having lived through a few including Hurricane Sandy, I have a routine that I go through if a natural disaster is imminent. I of course always keep water, batteries, non perishable foods and matches around. I also have a bug out kit ready if we need to leave which also includes meds and cat supplies.

  85. Peggy Miller says:

    I make sure I have fresh water, gas for my generator, and canned goods.

  86. We have an emergency bag packed with canned food for a week, water, candles, matches, flashlights and extra batteries. We don’t have a radio yet so we still need to add that and a dew other supplies.

  87. We have all of the above mentioned items, plus bedrolls/sleeping bags for each of us, and a safe supply of water.
    Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize.

  88. Rebecca Lock says:

    I have emergency supplies on hand. I keep a backup power supply, My family knows what to do in an emergency.

  89. Amy Smeltzer says:

    There’s never been any in my area (thank heaven) but if the electric goes off I use candles.

  90. we have a wood stove and make sure we have enough wood in case power is out, also we have old fashioned lamps that use lamp oil.

  91. I always have the basics on hand, and then some!

  92. not much other than the usual water food flashlights radio.

  93. Some of the things I can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family emergency plan, are the same for all types of hazards

  94. Michelle Washburn says:

    We have annual disaster drills, we have food and supplies ready, we get the children involved in the prep so they learn how to be a team player. An important skill during a disaster

  95. I am registered with the city for rescue since I don’t drive. I also keep spare food and water in the house.

  96. We have a gun stockpile

  97. Tari Lawson says:

    We have a generator. We also make sure we have water on hand (we always have a food supply) and flashlights with extra batteries.

  98. We have some non-perishable food in the basement. My husband is always thinking about this stuff and studying what to do.

  99. We don’t have a particular plan or set-aside supplies, but it’s definitely something we ought to do. Luckily, we live in an area not prone to wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, etc, but it’s always good to be prepared.

  100. we used to have an emergency kit with first aid supplies. we also have bottled water and canned goods should we need them.

  101. melissa resnick says:

    We always gas up car. Then we stock up on can foods and water

  102. We have emergency blankets, plenty of gallons of water, and canned food. Thanks for the opportunity to win! !

  103. jalapenomamamn says:

    To be honest we do not do a lot to prepare for a natural disaster.
    We do keep extra bottled water around.
    form name Barbara Montag
    thank you

  104. I buy water and ice and batteries. Then I fill the bathtub with water so we have flushing water. Then I pray for it all to be a false alarm. 🙂

  105. tina reynolds says:

    We have some supplies first aid kit flash lights batteries etc but not a good enough plan

  106. We keep two 5 gallon containers full of water. We also have some dried food meals stored. Also, we have first aid kit and flashlight, radio and batteries ready.

  107. We live in tornado country. Our basement has a battery powered radio, bottled water and a whole bunch of food. We have to go right past our bathroom where our meds, etc are stored to get there.

  108. We have food, water,candles, flashlights, batteries etc. Thank you for the chance to win. 🙂

  109. We have our supply box with first aid kits, flashlights, candles, etc and we always make sure to get plenty of snacks / foods that can be eaten even when the electricity is out.

  110. I have an emergency backpack in one of our cars. I need to make another one that is for the 2nd car also. I try to keep lots of bottle water at home just in case anything were to happen and we need water. thanks for this contest

  111. Jodi Hunter says:

    We have a kit. It comes with everything from bottled water to flint.

  112. I always keep bottled water on hand. I also have several types of freeze dried meals. My step dad also gave us a first aid kit.

  113. Rachael Thomas says:

    I put my head between my knees and kiss my butt goodbye. Also spam

  114. Mandi Martin says:

    Hmm…looks like we need to work on our preparedness. We don’t really live where there’s a lot of flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. but of course anything can happen. At least I USUALLY know where a flashlight is. Unless a kid (or a husband) has hidden it.

  115. Miranda Ward says:

    We make sure we have plenty of water for the whole family. We also make sure all cars have gas and all perscriptions are filled, also we make sure we have enough non perishable foods!

  116. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have a first aid ba, food stuffs such as bottled wate nd canned goods, flashlights with extra batteries and make sure to have the medications

  117. My husband is actually pretty into this, he has put together several bags for survival gear and he’s working on finishing them up.

  118. clickclickmycat says:

    I lost my very first home to Hurricane Hugo. I am totally prepared for a natural disaster. I operate a small cat shelter, and every time I go to yard sales, I buy pet carriers. I make sure I have enough for my cats, and I give the rest away to others.

  119. I am not doing anything.

  120. I am not doing anything, I do like reading dystopian fiction, so I should be more aware of what could go wrong.

  121. Danielle Marie says:

    i actually have a bugout pack in my garage just in case. we live in socal and earthquakes are always a fear.

  122. I make sure I am stock up with food, bottle water and blankets. I also make sure to have a first aid kit.

  123. kari nowlin says:

    We have a meeting spot in case we get separated. We stock up on batteries, water, and non-perishables. I also make sure I have basic OTC meds and diapers for the baby.

  124. i always have an inventory of batteries. I also keep a case or two of bottled water handy. And last, I keep all my flashlights, batteries, candles, matches together in one box.

  125. We always have 48 bottles of water on hand along with canned goods and a manual can opener…flashlights are placed throughout the apartment so if the lights go out, you’re not too far from one…I also have a stockpile of batteries and a battery operated radio…..we went thru Super Storm Sandy and our power was out for days

  126. We are in Florida, so hurricanes are a constant thing we have to be prepared for. We always have plenty of bottled water, non-perishable food, candles, and ice in a cooler for when the power goes out.

  127. Vikki Billings says:

    We have backpacks that are stocked with snacks, water, first aid kits, batteries, flashlights, matches, socks and extra shoes. Plus some can goods and a can opener.

  128. I buy bottle water and canned food during every weekly shopping trip. I store these in a dark, cool place in preparation for disaster.

  129. I stock up on food and will pre-make some meals. Also stock up on water, sand bags, and batteries.

  130. We have water, flashlights, candles and food in the basement. We also keep blankets and pillows down in the basement.

  131. we have lots of can goods. Thank you

  132. We go over fire escape plans with our kids as well as show them how to operate a fire extinguisher. We have plenty of bottled water and food in case we get snowed in. We also have a gas fireplace to keep warm if the power goes out as well as having flashlights all over the house.

  133. We set up a contact person in another state so we can all advise of each others safety. We all have texting on our phones as that will work before phone service is installed.
    We definitely keep extra meds and water around.

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