How We Stay Prepared for Emergencies at Our Cabin

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After living in rural mountains all winter, we've established a great emergency and disaster preparedness kit — here are our essentials!

As an accident-prone person who now lives in the middle of nowhere, we’ve had a steep learning curve when it comes to being prepared for emergencies and disasters. So today I wanted to share a  list of our emergency and disaster preparedness kit.

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I keep all of these items in a clear plastic storage bin in the vintage cabinet in our living room along with a LOT of extra candles and candle holders. That way, we always know it’s in exactly the same spot whenever we need it.

POWER OUTAGE ESSENTIALS:

– wireless charging batteries + at least one of each phone’s charging cord – rechargeable batteries + charger  – headlamps, one per household member – surge protector and extension cords  – Extremely bright flash light  – lighters and safety matches – candles and candle holders 

POWER OUTAGE ESSENTIALS:

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– headlamps, one per household member – rechargeable lantern  – 10 jugs of potable water – beanies 

EMERGENCY MUST-HAVES IN OUR BEDROOM AND NIGHTSTANDS:

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I also recommend checking out my post about winter camping because I shared how we layer clothing to stay warm + more cold weather survival tips to keep in mind.

WINTER EMERGENCY MUST-HAVES:

– generator  – Many, many gallons of water  – wood stove and propane stove  – kindling, paper to get the fire started, and a lot of firewood – at least 3 lighters – 30+ jugs of water to drink  – Canned goods, dry goods, basically meals that are easy to put together without electricity and don’t forget the can opener – ground coffee – extra blankets

WINTER EMERGENCY MUST-HAVES:

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You can get a pre-made one to start with and build from there, which is what I’ve done

HUMAN FIRST AID KIT:

– various bandages – medical tape – Coban tape – gauze – scissors, tweezers, nail clippers – Neosporin and topical antihistamine ointment – Wet wipes – hand sanitizer – Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Benedryl, Pepto, Claritin – Saline – thermometer – Instant cold pack – Ace bandage wrap with metal clasps – Non-latex gloves – Aloe vera, usually kept in fridge

HUMAN FIRST AID KIT:

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The chickens have their own first aid kit in the hen house with them, too. As always, talk to your vet about everything on this list to ensure they are comfortable with it.

PET FIRST AID KIT:

– Hydrogen peroxide  – Tweezers: for removing ticks, thorns, etc – Comb: for removing foliage or anything else matted in the dog’s hair  – Children’s Benedryl in case they have an allergic reaction to something  – Styptic powder: to slow/stop bleeding – Vetericyn Wound & Skin Care Hydrogel: I swear by this stuff for healing wounds on all of our animals!

PET FIRST AID KIT:

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– Pocket knife/multitool – Back up battery for my office  – Garmin InReach mini GPS  – fire extinguishers  – Fireproof safe  – Chainsaw – Hatchet, ax, and maul

MISCELLANEOUS EMERGENCY NECESSITIES:

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