Must-Haves for Your Home Emergency Kit

It is hard to imagine several days (or weeks) without power, internet or running water. But these days anything can happen. That’s why you should have an emergency plan and supplies ready for any type of disaster.

A disaster could mean heavy snow, flooding, a tornado or a hurricane. – it depends where you live. 

WHAT TO HAVE IN A HOME EMERGENCY KIT

You can buy a pre-made kit from a number of retailers online, but it’s also likely that you have many of these items lying around your house already. Pick up a large, portable, watertight container to start collecting things.

THE BASICS

  1. Water (one gallon per person, per day)
  2. Non-perishable food
  3. Flashlight
  4. Extra batteries
  5. Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
  6. First aid kit and/or trauma kit
  7. Cash and change (in a waterproof container)
  8. Manual can opener
  9. Flares or whistle to signal for help
  10. Dust masks for contaminated air
  11. Wrench, pliers and other tools (to turn off utilities)
  12. Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place (if you are stuck at home, work or elsewhere)
  13. Local maps
  14. Cell phone with battery-powered or solar charger.
  15. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

THE EXTRAS

  1. Prescription medications
  2. Non-prescription medications (pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives)
  3. Eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  4. Infant formula and supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.)
  5. Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  6. Important family documents in a waterproof container (copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records)             
  7. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person  
  8. Complete change of clothing for each person
  9. Unscented household bleach and medicine dropper
  10. Extra food and water
  11. Pet food and supplies
  12. Life raft for areas with severe flooding
  13. Extra blankets and hand warmers for extreme cold
  14. Matches in a waterproof container
  15. Fire extinguisher

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