Welcome to Week 1 of my 7 week Creating an Emergency Station series. Over the next 7 weeks, I will be slowly putting together a family emergency station in my garage. At the end of the series, I will share my master checklist.
Today is all about the storage I am using for the project, but I wanted to give you a heads up on how the next 7 weeks will play out first.
Week 1: Storage
Week 2: Food
Week 3: First Aid Kit
Week 4: Hygiene
Week 5: Clothing
Week 6: Family Essentials Kit
Week 7: Pets
I am sure there are some things that I am leaving out, but I think I have covered the most important elements. Over the past several months, I have slowly created a master list for this project. I have seriously stared at it, taken it with me to stores, and adjusted things for a solid two months. And, I finally think I have it pretty well complete. Fingers crossed!
Now, remember that these items are vital for my household. Some of the items that I have included may be things that you would not include and that is ok. Your emergency station needs to fit your family’s needs and wants, so adjust as needed.
Alright, here we go…
When I say storage, I am talking about the items that I will use to contain all of the necessities on my list. I have broken it down into 4 storage pieces:
- Shelving unit – to contain everything
- Backpacks – to hold each person’s essentials
- First Aid container – to hold all of the medical type of supplies
- Family Essentials container – to hold all of the items used by the entire family
- Jansport Wasabi Backpack @ ebags:
- Black – Nathan
- Navy – Derrick
- Mammoth Blue – Kristin
- Pink Tulip/White – Kate
- Ultra Heavy-Duty Storage Cabinet @ Sam’s Club
- Plano Angled Tackle System @ Wal-Mart
- Sterilite 66 Quart Latching Storage Box
I could’ve chosen a backpack that was a lot cheaper than this one, but I didn’t. I did get 20% off plus free shipping with a coupon code I had, though. I spent two weeks looking at backpacks from different places online and in the store. I read reviews and evaluated my choices. At the end of the day, I decided to go with the Jansport backpack. I carried the same red Jansport backpack 5 years in college (yes, I changed my major on year 4… Oops!). It still looked perfect after the 5th year. So, I used my experience to choose a brand. I knew how durable these backpacks were and that was the most important element.
My husband is usually pretty hands-off when it comes to projects. He lets me make the decisions because he truly doesn’t care what color I paint a command center or the way I organize coins (insert laughter). But, he did have one request with this one. I was going to use some black wire shelving we already had in the garage and he said, “no.” He said he didn’t want our backpacks and supplies covered in leaves, cobwebs, spiders, and any other dirt that the garage catches.
He had a very valid point! So, I did some research on garage cabinets and the one I chose had the best reviews. Plus, it had wheels! I think the wheels were the selling point for me.
The bottom bin has a lid. I still have to clean it out and place the lid on it.
You can see from the pictures that the unit isn’t flush against a wall. We are cleaning out our garage (see tomorrow’s post) and it will get a nice home on a wall once we start that project.