In case of an emergency, especially those related to natural disasters, it is crucial to have an emergency kit prepared and accessible. Before you encounter any such situation, organizing emergency essentials beforehand allows you and your family to act quickly and safely in times of danger. Some basics of a home emergency kit include: water, food, first aid, and important personal documents. The following lists in further detail the emergency items you will need:
Water– Estimate about a gallon per family member plus any additional water you may need for food preparation.
Food– Pack non-perishable foods that require very little preparation. For example, canned meats, vegetables and fruits, nutritional bars, peanut butter, powdered milk and vitamins.
First Aid– Be sure to have bandages scissors, tape, pain relievers, tweezers and other first aid materials in your emergency kit. Also, if you or a family member needs a specific medication, having an extra prescription may be essential if roads are blocked or pharmacies are closed due to bad weather.
Radio– During bad weather, it is important to stay informed about current conditions by checking your local weather forecast. Have a battery powered radio on hand in case of power failure or the need to evacuate.
Important Documents– Include a list of all important numbers and addresses in your emergency kit. Also include copies of birth certificates, important contracts, and deeds in your emergency kit in case these items get destroyed.
Other Supplies– Have extra house and car keys ready in the chance that you have to evacuate your home quickly. Also pack flashlights, candles, matches, batteries, blankets
and a change of clothing.
No matter which part of the country you live in, natural disasters can cause emergency situations. Being prepared with a home emergency kit will facilitate you in caring for yourself, your family and your home. If you live in a region prone to a particular type of natural disaster, such as tornadoes or flooding, tailor your home emergency kit accordingly.