Carrie Underwood at The iHeartRadio Theater Presented by P.C. Richard & Son!


Carrie Underwood will be at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on Thursday, October 22, 2015! Only 200 people will be allowed into this exclusive show, and your chance is on Facebook.

The iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son is a 200-person venue in New York City that hosts exclusive concert events. You cannot buy tickets to these private performances; you can only win your way in on the P.C. Richard & Son Facebook and Twitter pages.

How to Enter
You can enter for a chance to win tickets to this show by filling out the entry form on Facebook after liking our page.

Good luck, and hope to see you at the show!


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The Ultimate Drone Buying Guide


Drone Buying Guide

The drone is a remote-control (RC), multi-rotor flying device that can offer live first-person viewing or FPV of terrain, nature and other outdoor areas. Personal drones are not military equipment. A personal drone is ideal for photography enthusiasts and both RC and aviation hobbyists.

Hobbyist Drones: Basics

The RC drone puts you into the pilot’s seat without ever having to leave terra firma. With a hobbyist drone you can enjoy a thrilling flight from a pilot’s viewpoint. Some drones are perfect for performing aerial stunts, while others are designed for racing. Depending on the drone’s camera quality, you can experience vibrant and detailed pictures or video shots that are accessible only from a bird’s eye point of view.

Drone prices vary greatly and the drone you choose will depend on the type of experience desired. Do you plan to take hundreds of aerial photographs of your neighborhood and your home? Are you looking for a comprehensive flying experience? Do you dream of hours practicing loops and other aerial stunts to show off to your friends and family?

When you have an idea of how you plan to use your drone, then it’s time to look at the features different types of drones offer.

Drone Buying Guide: Features

When shopping for a drone there are specific features to consider. The complexity of these features will influence the price of the drone.

  • Skill level
  • Battery life
  • Flight time
  • Camera specifications
  • Wingspan
  • Sensors

Skill Level

Beginner: Entry level or beginner drones typically cost less than $100 and are lightweight, small and often compatible for indoor use. They’re designed to be ready-to-fly (RTF) and if it includes a camera, it will be enough to capture images but the resolution may not be as high as cameras found on intermediate and advanced level drones. Consider a model like the AWW Quadrone, a quadcopter with a control range of 100 feet, seven minutes of flight time and a 30-minute battery life.

Intermediate: The intermediate level features larger models that work better outside. Some of these drones come equipped with an onboard camera or can be fitted with an external action camera of your choice. These are ideal for flights above the neighborhood park or if you want to capture bird’s eye images of your home and property. Consider this level if you’re looking to perform aerial tricks. The DJI Phantom 2 is an intermediate level drone with 25-minutes of flight time plus autopilot mode and an auto return feature.

Advanced: Any advanced drone will be at the highest end of the price point but it will offer multiple features and may include as many as six or eight rotors to supply the drone with maximum lift and superior stability. Look for cameras on the advanced models to offer 1080p video or better plus a high-quality stabilizing mount to ensure the best and smoothest picture quality. P.C. Richard & Son offers the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with 4K UHD camera plus 12.0 megapixel resolution, image stabilization and a flight time of 18 minutes.

Wingspan and Sensors

Wingspan is used to determine the size of the drone — it measures from one blade tip to the other opposite blade tip. For indoor use or drone flying in the backyard or neighborhood park, a smaller wingspan will suffice. For capturing video footage and high-quality pictures, you’ll need a drone with greater wingspan.

Sensors often are featured on intermediate and advanced drones. The GPS sensor offers various functions including the auto-return feature and the ability to program the drone with longitude and latitude coordinates.


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Shopping to fit your laundry space

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It’s time to get clean! Choosing a new washer and dryer set can be a big investment in both space and money, so it’s important to consider the features of your laundry area—as well as the features of your machines of choice—before you buy. Do you have a large, dedicated laundry room that can fit a side-by-side configuration or are you looking to maximize the cleaning capacity of a smaller space in your home? Whatever your future laundry location, we can help you find the perfect pair.

Before you shop, measure the space

Before you fall in love with any machine, it’s important that you determine the exact size of the space that you have to fill. Beyond the size of the room or area, be sure to measure and consider the space you have to move and install your potential new machines. For instance, even if you have a large laundry space, if there isn’t clearance to move large front-loader machines into the room, you might want to be more strategic with your shopping selection.

A roomier fit: dedicated laundry rooms and basements 

If you have a separate laundry room in your home, you likely have the luxury of some space. Side-by-side front-loading washer and dryer sets tend to offer greater capacity, making them ideal for large families with lots of laundry to tackle on a regular basis; however, if you have smaller loads to do but a large space, you might want to consider a stacked washer/dryer combo and use the extra dedicated laundry space for storage, ironing or other laundry organization functions.

Similar to a dedicated laundry room, a basement laundry area likely offers a bit more room in terms of the capacity of washer and dryer that may fit in the space. In this case, choose models that have the capacity that you need, but that fit through doorways and down the stairs.


If your laundry space is more compact in an area like a closet, a stacked washer/dryer combo is likely your first instinct because it takes up far less floor space. However, not all combo washer/dryers are made alike, especially when it comes to space. Combo machines come in a variety of capacities, so—depending on the size of your closet—you might be able to fit a generous-capacity set.

Are you ready to create the laundry space of your dreams? With a little planning, a little shopping, and plenty of measuring, you’ll be on your way to a more efficient, pleasant laundry experience in no time.


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5 Signs it’s time to buy a new mattress

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There is no greater pleasure in life than waking up refreshed from a good night’s sleep—so what can you do if your sleep isn’t as restful as you’d like? One of the most common sleep-stealing criminals is living right in your bedroom: your mattress. You might not think of it, but the everyday wear and tear on a mattress can replace your once peaceful nights with restless nights that leave you sore and groggy. If you’re not getting as good of a night’s sleep as before, it’s time to consider a new mattress. Here are the top five signs that it’s time to buy a new mattress.

It looks like it’s seen better days

The easiest sign that you need to replace your mattress is that it looks like it needs replacing. Common symptoms of a worn-out mattress include lumps, bumps, sags, and fabric wear-and-tear. If you aren’t sure, do a sight and test: evaluate your mattress based on looks and feel, sans sheets.

It’s silently hurting you 

You might assume that just because your mattress looks okay, that it’s okay for you; unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you wake up feeling sore and tired when you’re at home (but you sleep great at a hotel), it’s time to consider looking for a new mattress to support your particular body’s needs.

It’s crying out to be replaced

Lay down and listen up… can you hear that? If you hear your bed creaking and moaning with every movement, it might be a cry for help. Check your mattress and your foundation—if they’re screaming, they might be keeping you from falling into a deep sleep, and from waking up refreshed.

It holds on to you… even when you’re gone

Another telltale sign that it’s time to replace your mattress is if you leave an impression once you get up. Lasting impressions are the result of deep sagging, which means you aren’t getting the support you need to reach a deep sleep. 

It’s over 7 years old

They say all good things must come to an end eventually; sadly, this old adage is true when it comes to mattresses. No matter how wonderful your mattress once was, the simple passage of time (and repeated use) wears on it. In general, the experts at The Better Sleep Council say that you should replace your mattress if it’s more than seven years old and has had regular use.

So, is it time? If you’re ready for a new mattress, check out the selection at P.C. Richard today.



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BBQ Basics: How to Use Your New Tongs, Spatula & Skewers

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You are the boss of the BBQ: make the most of your cookout with the help of the best-suited tools and accessories for the job. From tongs to spatulas to skewers and more, outdoor grilling accessories—when used right— can enhance your culinary capabilities on the grill. Check out our guide for how to use your new grilling utensils from P.C. Richard & Son —and claim your rightful piece of grill glory!

Multi-tasking tongs

Most people are familiar with the user-friendly squeeze-and-grab nature of tongs. Their long, tapered design is especially handy for small portions of foods without getting your hands too close to the heat of the grill.

On the grill, BBQ tongs have a variety of uses: they can transfer raw meats to your grill, take cooked meats from your grill to your platter, and they can turn and rotate hard-to-handle foods like veggies without crushing them. Just be careful not to use tongs on anything that is delicate or won’t hold up well to compression—that’s where spatulas come in. Also, be sure you wash tongs thoroughly after touching raw meat or better yet, have one pair for raw meat and another set for moving and serving cooked meats to avoid cross-contamination.

Slip-under spatulas

There’s an art to a good flip on the grill, and the artist’s primary tool is a quality, wide spatula. BBQ spatulas are ideal for handling delicate foods or foods that may stick on the grill and fall apart. A proper BBQ spatula is able to slip seamlessly under these delicate foods and keep them together for the flip and the transfer to your dinner plate (so you can transfer the delicious taste straight to your lips!).

Skewers for the spit

Juicy pieces of meat, veggies, fruit, shrimp and more… it’s hard to go wrong with a tasty grilled kebab fresh from the BBQ grill. This is where your new BBQ skewers come in handy: metal flat-blade BBQ skewers allow you to securely keep a number of morsels of food together on the grill, and make for easy turning and rotation. They’re also reusable.

Just be sure to plan out your skewer food selection very strategically: if you’re mixing a variety of types of food on one skewer, be sure that all items on each skewer take about the amount of time to cook—otherwise you might end up with a skewer with overcooked meat and undercooked vegetables, or vice versa.

When it comes to BBQ, the choice is yours: grill smart, or get ready for disappointment. We hope you make the right decision, with a little help from our BBQ tips and tools.


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Sleep better: 5 tips for a healthy sleep routine

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There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep to set you up for a successful day, yet a lack of quality, restful sleep keeps many of us, well… awake at night. If you’re trudging through your days like a walking zombie, don’t worry! Your sleep routine might be to blame. Here are some tips for how to get a better sleep, night after night.

#1. Start with your sleep set up

It might seem obvious, but many of us overlook the importance of what we sleep on when it comes to successful sleep. If your mattress is more than seven years old, if you’re sore in the morning or if you’re tired even after a night of sleep, The Better Sleep Council suggests that you might need to find a new mattress.

Once you’re sure your mattress is the one for you, check out what you put on top of it: the quality and type of pillows you use can directly impact your success at sleeping. While certain pillows might look nice, they might not be doing you and your sleep style much good. If you’re a side sleeper, you should try a medium-firm pillow for your head with another for between your legs. Sleep on your back? Try a contoured memory-foam pillow. Stomach sleeper? Try a softer option.

#2 Move more, rest better

If you’re having trouble staying still and sleeping at night, you might want to assess how you’re moving during the day. Getting a moderate amount of aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging or dancing, during the day can help you sleep more soundly at night. With our busy lives though, it can be hard to fit enough exercise into the day. One way to ensure you hit your movement mark? Activity trackers monitor and track your daily movement and show you your stats. An added bonus to activity trackers—many have sleep-tracking functionality, which can give you more insight into your sleep routine.

#3. Revamp your midnight snack

We know that what we sleep has an impact on how we feel during the day, but have you considered the effect of your food on your zzzs? Avoiding spicy and rich foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol, in the evening can help prepare your body for sleep in a natural way. If you’re starving before bed, try snacking on foods that are more likely to calm your brain and encourage sleep-inducing melatonin production in your body, like bananas.

#4 Establish a sleep-friendly environment

No matter how you prepare, it can be difficult to turn your mind off when it comes time to sleep. Strategies like pre-sleep meditation and stretching can help to relax you, while environmental aids like light-blocking curtains and sleep therapy machines can be helpful tools to create the perfect ambiance to allow your mind to drift off to sleep.

#5 Give yourself a bedtime…and stick to it

Our final tip is one that you might remember from your childhood… pick a bedtime, and consistently go to bed every night at that time. With our busy schedules, this might be the most challenging tip to follow through on—but it’s very important. By going to bed at the same time (and waking up at the same time), you can refresh your body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm, resulting in more blissfully rested mornings.


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Staying Organized During the School Year

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School is back in session!  As you say goodbye to summer, you say hello to shorter autumn days filled with early morning alarm clocks, homework, school events and activities. Before you know it, the hectic holiday season will be upon you. It’s challenging to stay organized during the school year, but all you need is a plan and a little preparation to make it easier.

Below are some great tips to prepare you for the busy days ahead:

  • Mark Your Calendar. Make a note of important dates, school events and activities like back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
  • Make a Morning Schedule. Jot down the tasks you need to do before everyone has to be out the door: getting everyone dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth and hair, etc. Then decide how much time is needed to get ready in the morning. If you need to be out the door by 7:30 and you need an hour to get everyone ready, you should set your alarm for 6:15 (giving yourself 15 minutes to snooze).
  • Lay Out Clothes the Night Before. This may not stop the argument on what your child wants to wear to school opposed to what they should wear to school, but at least you will get the argument out of the way at night and won’t derail your schedule in the morning… we hope.
  • Find the Shoes The Night Before. “Where are my shoes?!” We’ve all been there. Frantically running around the house trying to find a pair of shoes isn’t fun and you can lose a good 15 minutes playing that game. Best thing to do is find those shoes before bedtime and leave them in a spot right by the door.
  • Prepare Lunch the Night Before. We know this is harder than it sounds. You are exhausted from a long day, you’ve gotten the kids in bed, and all you want to do is sit on the couch and enjoy a little ‘me’ time… but you know you’ll regret it in the morning. Once you get a system down it does get easier and you can still get a little ‘me’ time, it’s a much smaller window of time… but you have to take what you can get.
  • Designate an Area for Homework. Older children should have the option of studying in their room or a quiet area of the house. Younger children will usually need help with their homework or lose focus in the middle of it, so designating an area in the family room or kitchen is a good idea. Check out 15 School Homework Organizing Tips To Make Your Life Easier.
  • Designate an Area for School Supplies. Create a spot for your children to place their school belongings, including backpacks, lunch boxes and extra supplies, as well as a place to put important letters and information sent home from the school. Try giving your kids the responsibility of emptying their backpacks and lunch boxes when they arrive home, and repacking their backpacks with the things they need for school the night before. Having them take on a responsibility and getting into a system will help to stay organized throughout the year.
  • After School Review.  Sit with your child and go over what they did in school and what was assigned for homework.  Find out if they had any trouble in a particular area and review that with them. If you are unfamiliar with the subject reach out to your child’s teacher and make them aware that your child may need a little extra attention in this area. Some schools are actually required to offer private tutoring.
  • Freeze Dinners. These days can get hectic quickly and you may not always have the time to prepare dinner, but ordering out can get costly and is not always the most nutritious option. Preparing meals over the weekend and freezing them can really save you time during the week. Check out 60+ Healthy Freezer Meal Recipes (+ All About Freezer Cooking) from the Thriving Home blog.


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Refrigerator Buying Guide – How to Pick the Right Refrigerator for Your Needs



In addition to being energy efficient, today’s refrigerators come in a wide variety of styles and designs. Choosing a fridge for your kitchen may seem a little overwhelming, so we’ve created this buying guide to help you make the best choice.

Types of Refrigerators

Bringing home the best fridge requires that you consider the various types from which to choose.


This refrigerator type generally has the fridge on the right and the freezer on the left, with both running vertically from top to bottom. This fridge is best for kitchens with limited space. The doors take up less room than other types.

Freezer on top or bottom

These models feature a freezer on the top and fridge on the bottom or vice versa. They are a good choice for tight spaces, as the doors can swing left or right, depending on the kitchen layout.imgres

Four-door French door

French door refrigerators open to reveal a variety of compartments. They are a good choice for large families, as the average size is 28 cubic feet. They have a
French style door on top; a middle door containing items you use most and a bottom freezer.


When space is tight, a compact refrigerator fits the bill. Such models are good for dorms, family rooms and basement living areas.

Additional Refrigerator Buying Considerations

In addition to the type of fridge you buy, there are a variety of other decisions to make, including the following:

Size and capacity

Choosing the right size refrigerator requires that you measure the available space in your kitchen. When doing so, allow for extra space around the fridge to ensure proper airflow. Also consider the size of your family and the amount of food you generally buy. You don’t want to overfill your fridge, as this can lead to improper cooling. You also want enough room for your frozen goods.

Refrigerator Colors

Today’s fridges come in a wide variety of hues, which makes it possible to choose the perfect color for your décor. Find stainless steel, gray, white, black and even green, orange and red refrigerators.

Additional Features to Look for:

  • Humidity controlled compartments: Such drawers help ensure that your leafy greens and moisture-loving fruits stay hydrated and appetizing.
  • Door alarm. This helps if you have young children in the house who aren’t supposed to be getting into the fridge.
  • Automatic ice and water dispenser. Some refrigerators have the dispensers in the doors, while others are inside.
  • Multiple storage compartments. The more storage nooks and crannies a fridge has the better.

At P.C. Richard & Son, we have a wide selection of refrigerators from which to choose. Come on by and see what we have to offer.


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The Pros and Cons of Self-Cleaning vs. Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens Ovens


When it comes to being productive in the kitchen, automated appliances can make cooking tasks go more quickly and easily. Such is often the case with self-cleaning ovens. Deciding if a self-cleaning unit is right for you takes considering the following pros and cons.

Advantages of Self-Cleaning Ovens

The benefits of owning a self-cleaning oven are many. Here are just a few reasons why it pays to get a unit that cleans itself.

  • Convenience

No need to toil away scrubbing spilled, baked on casserole out of the bottom of the oven. Simply turn on the self-cleaning feature, and you’ll soon see a sparkly clean oven interior once again.

  • Energy efficient unit

Self-cleaning ovens feature especially well insulated doors and walls. This is necessary because the unit heats up to high temperatures during cleaning. These thick walls mean the oven is energy efficient compared to regular range oven units, which saves you money on energy costs.

  • No need for overpowering oven cleaners

Having a self-cleaning oven means you’ll never again have to experience the eye-stinging effects of spray oven cleaner. Such products create dangerous fumes when heated and are better not used inside the home.

Disadvantage of self-cleaning ovens

Self-cleaning ovens do have their drawbacks. Consider the following reasons why some people decide against including them in their kitchens.

  • Does require some cleaning by hand

Some parts of the self-cleaning oven do require hand cleaning, including the door frame, edge of the door and the seal. Large pieces of food must also be removed from the oven prior to turning on the self-cleaning function. In addition, racks must be removed from the oven and hand washed, as leaving them in the oven during self-cleaning may lead to damage. Because of all of these stipulations, many people feel it’s just as easy to finish cleaning the unit by hand.

  • Smelly and smoky

Self-cleaning ovens use high heat to cook away food and greasy buildup. This process generally results in smoke and foul odors. If the oven is particularly dirty, the unit may smoke excessively, causing irritation to the eyes and setting off smoke alarms. Smoke is common if you’ve used the oven to cook sugary foods high in carbohydrates.

  • Dangerous

Self-cleaning ovens reach such high temperatures during the cleaning process that the oven itself is extremely hot to the touch. This means that you can’t leave the oven unattended when children and pets are around. Birds are particularly sensitive to the smoke and gas created during cleaning so it is best to remove them from the home during the process.

P.C. Richard & Son carries a wide variety of ovens. Stop in and check out our inventory to find the right model for you.


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Basic Disaster Preparedness: Keeping You and Your Family Safe

Disaster Preparedness

Nobody wants to think about the next big storm, flood, or the many emergency situations that could happen, leaving you and your family without power or trapped within your home for a considerable period of time. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything and everything– even the zombie apocalypse! Yes, we know the chances of the walking dead happening is pretty much zero, but when it comes to any disaster it never hurts to be over-prepared.

Here are some tips to get started on prep kits:

Power Outages

One of the most common issues during a bad storms or heat waves is a power outage. Consider investing in a portable generator. Portable generators can power most, if not all, of your home’s power needs and for people with health issues that rely on electric powered machinery, it could be a life saver. However, we should mention that during a zombie apocalypse it could be risky to run the generator, as the noise may attract the walking dead. Learn more safety tips for using a portable generator here.

If you don’t have a generator, or your residence doesn’t permit the use of one, there are other supplies that will aid you when the lights go out. Below is a list of the basic supplies you should have in your home in case of a power outage:


We know that losing power can be frustrating, but the more prepared you are the less stressful the situation can be. Learn more about how to prepare for a power outage here.

First Aid/Medication

Regardless of a disaster, it’s important to always have a well-stocked first aid kit. You may not always be able to get medical attention quickly and will need to address accidents/injuries on your own until you can access help. Minor injuries could become worse if not properly taken care of immediately. Below is a list of basic supplies that you should have in your first aid kit.


Dressings and Bandages:

  • 25 adhesive bandages of various sizes
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 3 inches)
  • Gauze roll
  • Eye shield or pad
  • Roll of adhesive tape
  • Elastic bandage for wrapping wrist, elbow, ankle and knee injuries (3 to 4 inches wide)
  • 2 triangular bandages for wrapping injuries and making arm slings
  • Sterile cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs


  • 2 pairs of latex or non-latex gloves
  • Instant cold pack
  • 5 safety pins to easily fasten splints and bandages
  • Turkey baster or other suction device to flush out wounds
  • Aluminum finger splint
  • Syringe and medicine spoon for giving specific doses of medicine
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers to remove ticks, insect stingers and small splinters
  • Scissors for cutting gauze
  • Breathing barrier for giving CPR
  • Blanket
  • Hand sanitizer (liquid and/or wipes)
  • First aid manual
  • List of emergency numbers

Medicine for Treating Injuries:

  • Antiseptic solution or wipes, such as hydrogen peroxide, povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine
  • Antibiotic ointment that contain ingredients such as bacitracin or mupirocin
  • Sterile eyewash or saline, such as contact lens saline solution
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy
  • Hydrocortisone cream, ointment or lotion for itching

Other Medicines:

  • Pain and fever medicines, such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine to treat allergies and/or swelling
  • Decongestants to treat nasal congestion
  • Anti-nausea medicine to treat motion sickness and other types of nausea
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Antacid to treat upset stomach
  • Laxative to treat constipation

Keep in mind the special needs in your household, such as children or an elderly person. Does anyone in your household have specific allergies or an illness? Add supplies specific to these conditions. Be sure to check your supply kit monthly, refill as needed and check expiration dates on medication.

72 Hour Packs or Kits

A 72 hour pack/kit is a grab-and-go emergency pack if you and your family need to evacuate your home quickly. It is important to make sure that what you pack you can actually carry, especially if you need to be agile in a flood or run from zombies. Below is a list of what you will need to build your own 72 hour pack.


  • Quality Back Pack – You need 1 for yourself and 1 for each member of your household. Don’t forget your pets! This is where you will store 72 hours worth of supplies for each individual.
  • Water – FEMA recommends 3 gallons to last 72 hours, but that recommendation includes cleaning water as well as drinking and weighs 25 pounds, that’s a lot to carry. Consider purchasing a 2 gallon water carry bag, making it less weight and easier to store. You may also want to consider something with electrolytes and carbohydrates like Gatorade or Powerade to pack in your kits as well.
  • Food – You will want to pack items with lengthy expiration dates such as peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, nuts and trail mix, cereal, granola bars and power bars, dried fruit, canned tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey, canned vegetables, and canned soups. Make adjustments to the food you pack in these kits for each individual. Maybe you have an infant that requires formula, or a child that has specific allergies to certain foods, or you are packing food for your pet. Remember to check expiration dates every 6 months on food you packed and replace as needed. You may also want to consider packing some multivitamins, as these supplements will help replace the nutrients you would have consumed on a normal diet.
  • First Aid – All your kits should have small individual first aid packs that include the basic first aid supplies and a first aid manual. Check out small camping first aid kits for purchase or an idea of what you should put in your small first aid kits if you would like to assemble them yourself.  Remember to think of the individuals in your household. Does anyone require specific medications? Be sure to add that to their kit.
  • Equipment – We’re going to stick to the basics here, but know that you can always add to your preparation later on.  See more on 72 hour packs/kits here.

o   Flashlights– small water resistant flashlight in everyone’s pack

o   AM/FM Radio – Either battery operated or hand cranked. You do not need to store a radio in everyone’s pack, if you plan to be together. For example it’s you and your spouse and two children. Put a radio in your bag and your spouses.

o   Pocket Knife – always good to have and once again does not need to be stored in everyone’s packs

o   Can opener – If you packed can food you will need this.

o   Pen and Paper

o   Shelter – You want to invest in an instant pop up shelter or tube tent, if not, at the very least consider space blankets.

  • Personal Supplies

o   Extra pair of clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes. Consider special items for babies and elderly.

o   Toiletries – toilet paper (remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag), feminine hygiene, folding brush, soap, mini hand sanitizer, tooth brush etc. Think travel size.

  • Miscellaneous

o   Extra cash

o   Emergency numbers

o   Map of local area

o   Garbage bag

o   Important documents: insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

We hope this guide will help you get started with preparing you and your family for a possible disaster. In emergency situations local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in a few hours, or it might take days… and that is why it is so important to be prepared.

For more information about being prepared and keeping your family safe during an emergency check out the American Red Cross ‘Plan & Prepare’ page and you can also follow our board ‘Emergency Preparedness and Prevention’ on Pinterest for tips and tricks.


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