Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

We all hate hearing it, however, disasters are something that will always happen. And, have you wondered what would you do if that happened to you? 

Well, as I was thinking about it, I would not want to be without my doTERRA.  The oils are so supportive for so many things, for antibacterial, anti-viral properties, emotions, the list is endless, you just can’t be without your oils! Sometimes having several different kits, sizes and needs would be a good consideration. Such as a backpack for trip to town, could include different things depending on the weather.

Essential oils can be a valuable addition to an emergency preparedness kit due to their many uses and benefits. Here are some ideas for using essential oils in an emergency preparedness kit:

  1. First Aid: Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, and peppermint can be used for minor first aid purposes. Lavender can be used to soothe burns and cuts, tea tree for cleaning and disinfecting wounds, and peppermint for relieving headaches and nausea.
  2. Respiratory Support: Essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary can be considered. Eucalyptus and peppermint can help support the body with to open up congested airways, while rosemary can help to support the body and improve breathing.
  3. Insect Repellent: Essential oils such as citronella, lemongrass, and peppermint can be used as natural insect repellents. These oils can help to repel mosquitoes, flies, and other biting insects.
  4. Stress Relief: Essential oils such as lavender, frankincense, and chamomile can be used for stress relief. These oils can help to calm the mind and promote relaxation.
  5. Pain Relief: This one is a must, copaiba essential oil. It has CBD properties in it and can be really supportive in many situations, including digestive, respiratory, immune support. Also, consider peppermint and ginger can be used for support. Peppermint can help to support the body with head tension and muscle tension.
  6. Hygiene: Essential oils such as tea tree and lemon can be used for hygiene purposes. Tea tree can be used to disinfect, while lemon can be used to freshen the air and remove odors.

Here is a list of some other items to consider in your Emergency preparedness kit. This is a collection of essential items that are necessary to help you survive during an emergency situation.

  1. Water: Have at least one gallon of water per person per day, and enough for at least three days. Or have a container to collect water, I prefer my water bottle that has a filter that will take out all bacteria, and yucky stuff. I took it to India with me, and I think it was a life saver. You can also add essential oils such as clove for parasites.
  2. Food: Non-perishable food items such as canned goods, granola bars, and dried fruit, beef jerky, are good options. Make sure you have enough food for at least three days. (Yea, this bag is starting to get big!) Consider purchasing freeze dried food, as it can last up to 25 years.
  3. First Aid Kit: Include items such as bandages, gauze pads, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, and other medical supplies.
  4. Emergency Lighting: Flashlights, headlamps, and candles are good options. Make sure to also include extra batteries. I have a lantern light that comes on when you crank it. It is pretty awesome, doesn’t require any batteries at all.
  5. Radio: A battery-powered or hand-cranked radio can keep you informed of the latest news and alerts.
  6. Tools: Include items such as a multi-purpose tool, wrench or pliers, duct tape, and a can opener. There are swiss army knives that have a ton of things in these, make sure you also consider matches that are waterproof. Rope, or twine is also very handy.
  7. Personal Hygiene Items: Pack items such as doTERRA soap, toothbrushes, and toilet paper. And toothpaste!! doTERRA has wonderful sample packets that will work great. Sometimes you just need to clean things up, also consider the hair shampoo soap bar, this can also work as a bar of soap. It has oils in it so it will be very cleansing.
  8. Cash: Have some cash on hand in case ATMs and credit card machines are not available. With the way things are going, this is a tough one, what other things can you use/do for trade? If things get really tough, consider your skills and what you would like to know such as rope tying, making baskets etc.
  9. Extra Clothing: Include warm clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes. Also consider trash bags, or zip lock bags to keep socks dry.
  10. Important Documents: Keep copies of important documents such as passports, insurance policies, and identification in a waterproof container. I actually put copies of this on my phone as well, and on the cloud. So even if you need to connect to the internet in a foreign country you can retrieve it.

It’s important to regularly review and update your emergency preparedness kit to ensure that all items are in good condition and not expired. Rotating items are really important. Some Freeze dry food is a great thing to have because it can last up to 25 years.

Sign up for my email newsletter and get a free PDF file of my emergency booklet that goes with the kit. This booklet was designed to have the products in the kit guide to how to use the items.

This kit /packet would even make a nice gift!

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