As a food allergy mom, I want to always be prepared.
Prepared for parties, holidays, school, sickness…because with allergies we just can’t wing it.
And being prepared for an unexpected emergency is just as important!
Here’s how we make an emergency kit that’s allergy-safe.
Floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms, power outages…
these can be scary disasters that catch us off-guard.
But food allergy moms are always prepared, even for emergencies.
So if you haven’t yet made an emergency kit for your family…
now is the time!
We had started keeping an emergency kit years ago, and boy was a glad we had it when we were without power for a week last summer!
We lost everything in our refrigerator and freezer, stores and restaurants had no power, the whole town was out of ice, and gas stations ran out of gasoline.
But we had shelf stable foods and lanterns with batteries for the the evenings.
Here are some of the important things we have in our emergency kit.
Hope it helps you also create your own!
PLEASE NOTE: Here at Milk Allergy Mom, we simply share products that work for our family. Please consult your own doctor before trying food, supplements, or other products. Also read all labels and call companies for the latest, most accurate product information.
1. STOCK UP ON EMERGENCY FOOD
Here are some of our favorite shelf-stable foods for our dairy-free emergency kit:
- meat sticks
- water bottles
- instant oatmeal
- fruit cereal bars
- brownie fig bars
- canned fruit
- canned corn
- carrot chips
- tomato soup
- pumpkin seeds
- refried beans
- baked beans
- canned chili
- peanut butter singles
- fresh stack crackers
- graham crackers
- fruit leathers
- dried fruit chips
- fruit & veggie bars
- shelf-stable dairy-free milk
- canned chicken
- tuna pouches
- instant tea
- instant coffee
- shelf-stable creamer
2. STOCK UP ON EMERGENCY HYGIENE ITEMS
Here are some of my favorite personal care items for our emergency kit:
- kids toothpaste
- adult toothpaste
- dish soap
- hand soap
- bath soap & shampoo
- laundry detergent
- feminine pads
3. STORE ITEMS IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS
We use several Sterilite type totes and zipper-closing cooler bags to store our food and hygiene in.
Using several smaller containers that transport easily is handy in case you need to evacuate.
Some even opt for rolling suitcases for even easier transport.
At one point in our week-long power outage, the grandparents had their power back.
And we were definitely toting bags and containers back and forth.
Much easier than having one huge container that’s not easily portable.
4. REMEMBER IMPORTANT ALLERGY ITEMS
Don’t forget to have quick access and travel capability for all your allergy meds and your allergy binder.
Several of our Milk Allergy Mom members have found themselves in natural disaster emergencies like hurricanes and wildfires and have evacuated with their allergy binders in hand.
These are so important for keeping all your medical information together, especially if you need to visit the emergency room during a disaster.
For even more help with your emergency kit, hop in our member group and print our emergency checklists in the member library.
We also have an Emergency Challenge in our member library, to better help you get this all done quickly and easily.
Hope all this emergency info helps you build the very best stash for your milk allergy family.
You can save these emergency kit ideas on Pinterest for later.
Prepare for the worst. Expect the best. Stay safe out there.