Every home should have an emergency supply kit located in an accessible storage area. Store the items in plastic containers that are easy to grab and carry as you may need to evacuate. 5 gallon buckets like the ones in this image work nicely. Emergency kits should be checked every 6 months and expired items should be replaced regularly. Keep a checklist of all the items in the kit and note the date each item was last updated. This will keep confusion to a minimum when checking the kit. Emergency kits will help you survive during and after an emergency. Often a significant amount of injuries are suffered during rescue attempts, cleanup and other post emergency activities. It does take time and energy and a small investment to build a home emergency kit but you will be grateful you invested that time and money if you ever need the kit.
No one thinks it will happen to them but it is always best to be prepared!
HOME EMERGENCY KITS SHOULD INCLUDE:
• Water - one gallon per person, per day for at least three days.
• Nonperishable food - enough for at least three days. Keep a can opener with these items. Store protein packed foods you can cook without electricity, such as tuna, peanut butter or granola bars and have appropriate food everyone in your family, such as infants, seniors and even pets.
• Hand crank or battery powered radio - store with extra batteries.
• Flashlight - store with extra batteries.
• First aid kit with basics supplies - store gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic cream, burn spray etc.. along with a First Aid quick guide.
• Toolkit - include scissors and basic tools in case you need to shut off utilities etc.
• Hand sanitizer - like moist towelettes and include garbage bags for disposal.
• Plastic sheeting & duct tape - useful in case a window breaks or you get a leak in your roof.
• Emergency Whistle - to signal for help so rescuers can locate you.
• Prescription medications and glasses - Store enough for 3 days for anyone needing medication including pets.
• Copies of important documents - store birth certificates, insurance cards, account numbers and phone numbers.
• Extra cash and extra credit card - ATMs may be down or out of money or you may even need to evacuate your home and check into a hotel.
• Sleeping bags or warm blankets - enough for each person.
• Waterproof matches - store in a waterproof container to start a fire if needed.
• Disposable cups, plates and utensils - enough for three days.
• Assorted zip lock bags and heavy duty aluminum foil - useful to keep food fresh once opened.
• Writing utensils - use sharpies, pencils and markers to create a sign for help or leave a note.
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities - keep children entertained and occupied.
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