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Home Emergency Kit

Home Emergency Kit

Most of us rush through the day knowing that there are a million and one things we have to do before it’s over. When something unexpected happens, it throws us for a loop and we must stop and reassess the situation and begin again. In the case of an emergency, having a Home Emergency Kit on hand is a must.

Preparing for something you never know when will happen is extremely difficult, if even possible. The unexpected could be something temporary or long term. You could lose power for a couple of minutes or you have to evacuate. Covering the basics is critical to making it through rough times.

Home Emergency Kit – The Basics


The basics are food, water, first aid and shelter/protection. The kit needs to contain items that will provide for yourself and every member of the family. And don’t forget about any family pets and their needs. The kit should provide for at least 72 hours and should be contained within a portable carrier.

When creating your Home Emergency Kit, you may want to consider having one in your car and also at the office as well. Each kit should be maintained and kept in a location that is easily accessible. Remember, only items that are truly needed for survival should be considered. Some items for the home kit are:

• Approximately one gallon of water per day per person; the Red Cross recommends that a 2 week supply be kept for in the home.
Food should be easy to fix and non-perishable items; follow the same guidelines for water
• At least one week supply of medication
• First aid kit
• Personal hygiene/sanitary items
• Radio, battery operated or hand-crank This is the Emergency Radio I use.
• Flashlight and batteries
• Cell phone with charger
Blanket, military quality
• Cash
• Copies of all personal documents
• Emergency contact information

Some additional items that you may not consider but if you have room and also the need are for those who need additional care such as young children, elderly adults and pets. Diapers, special medical supplies (e.g. diabetic, hearing aide batteries) and Two-Way Radios with Charging Kit
can be useful if the need arose. A deck of cards or other game is also good to help maintain moral.

I am sure that your mind is thinking of a million other items that you may need in case of an emergency. Considering the region in which you live and the weather and also the types of natural events that could occur are important to keep in mind as well, such as a tornado. The proper clothing, multi-functional tools and items for shelter and protection may also be necessary to have in your Home Emergency Kit.

The term multi-functional is one that you should keep in mind when choosing the extra items to have in your kit. Can the item be used for several different tasks and is it possible that everyone can use it? Clothes for example could be of the one size fits all category so that an adult or a child could wear it if necessary.

Home Emergency Kit – Obtain One

If creating your own kit seems too complicated because you can’t decide what the “basics” are, you can buy a kit. The kits that are available range in size based on how many people it will provide for and for a particular time frame. Most kits are for either two or four people and will provide for 24 or 72 hours. You will however find kits that have just a few items when the need to escape is immediate.

The carrier for the kit should be durable and should be able to keep the contents secure and dry. The carrier should be easy to carry and should not be too heavy to maneuver especially if it must be carried a long distance. If there is enough space within the pre-made kit, you can always add something else to individualize the kit for your personal needs. A Home Emergency Kit is a precaution only because it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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