Making sure we are prepared for any and all emergency situations is a large part of being a homeowner. While we can’t prevent natural disasters and extreme weather conditions, we can be as prepared as possible to deal with them as they come. Below, you’ll find a list of items you can pull together to make your own emergency home kits so that you’ll have them ready to use when need be.
According to nsc.org, the following items should be gathered and placed together in a place where they can be used when needed:
- Assorted zip lock bags and heavy duty aluminum foil – to keep food fresh once opened
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities to keep children entertained and occupied
- Cash or credit card with an available balance – You may need cash and it’s possible ATMs could be down or out of money, making it difficult to purchase needed supplies, or you may even need to evacuate your home and check into a hotel
- Copies of important family documents stored in a waterproof container, such as birth certificates, health insurance cards, account numbers as well as a listing of doctors and phone numbers of your close contacts
- Disposable cups, plates and utensils – this is important for sanitation as you wouldn’t want to wash your dishes with your limited supply of water or with unsanitary water
- Enough nonperishable food (for at least three days) and can opener – it’s best to keep protein-packed foods you can cook without electricity, such as tuna, peanut butter or granola bars and have appropriate food for everyone in your family, especially infants and even pets
- First aid kit with the basics, such as gauze, tape etc. and an emergency reference material, such as NSC First Aid quick guide
- Flashlight with extra batteries to get around safely should the power go out
- Hand crank radio or battery powered radio with extra batteries – to stay up-to-date on the latest weather alerts
- Hand sanitizer, moist towelettes and garbage bags for sanitation
- Paper and a pencil or marker – you may need to create a sign for help or leave a note
- Plastic sheeting & duct tape – in case a window breaks or you get a leak in your roof
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Toolkit with scissors and basic tools in case you need to shut off utilities etc.
- Water (one gallon per person, per day for at least three days)
- Whistle to signal for help in case you get stuck and rescuers need to locate you
- Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container – to start a fire in your fireplace or charcoal grill if needed
We hope this list of items will help you get as prepared as possible for an emergency, should it happen. For more home safety tips, be sure to visit back with our blog again, soon.
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