Prepare for National Preparedness Month with Backpacks

September is National Preparedness Month and the goal is to to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies. It’s a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events.

Something as simple as a string backpack filled with supplies can make a big difference during an emergency. It’s best to be prepared beforehand so that you have essentials that make it easy to survive until help can arrive. During disasters and emergency situations, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. There may be a need to treat minor injuries,

Take a look at this video to see how a school in one area used lightweight backpacks to create emergency kits.

Whether the emergency happens at home, school, work or play, emergency kits should contain basics to help manage during any outages. Lightweight backpacks like the String a Sling backpacks shown are perfect for emergency situations.  They are made of 210D polyester and they are available in a number of colors to match your organization or in safety colors like bright orange, lime green and yellow.

As a service to employees, teachers and students (as in the example) and to create awareness in your community, it’s a great time to think of safety and preparedness. Not everything on this list will apply to every situation, but here is a list of things you could place in string backpacks to prepare:

  • Water for drinking and sanitation
  • Non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Rubber gloves
  • Emergency reference materials such as a small first aid book or a print out of the information on
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Paper, pencil
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Get more information here

You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you with no time to search for the supplies you need. Have emergency kits located in prominent areas of your place of business and try to assemble kits well in advance of an emergency.

Looking for custom printed items for National Preparedness Month? Contact us and we’ll be happy to place an order.  Now is a great time to order items like backpacks, magnets, safety vests, flashlights, first aid kits and more with your logo and safety message printed on them.