A properly packed emergency supplies kit can be a lifesaver- literally- if disaster strikes. A disaster preparedness kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in case of an emergency and is designed to last for at least 72 hours.
How to Make an Emergency Supplies Kit for Your Home
Start with the basic supplies checklist (print it out and bring it to the store with you!) and then take into consideration any additional special circumstances that apply to your family such as pets. Once your purchase your supplies, keep the following in mind when building your kit:
- Store items in airtight plastic bags
- Put your entire kit into one or two easy-to-carry containers such as a duffel bag, backpack, or plastic bins.
What To Have in an Emergency Supplies Kit: Basic Checklist
The basic emergency supply kit should include the following items:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation
- Non-perishable foods (enough for at least three days)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Moist towelettes, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener
- Portable phone chargers and a backup battery
- Cash (to replace supplies if necessary)
Additional Recommended Supplies
- Essential documents (social security cards, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, passports, and any other personal documentation)
- Hygienic products (dental care, soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant)
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medicine such as pain relievers or anti-diarrhea medication
- Eyeglasses, contacts, and solution
- Baby formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
- Pet food
- Sleeping bag or blanket
- Extra clothing
- Feminine hygiene items
- Books, games, puzzles, or other activities to keep everyone entertained
Maintaining Your Emergency Supplies Kit
Once you have your kit assembled, you must maintain it so it’s ready when you need it most. Keep canned food in a cool, dry place and replace expired items as needed. Go over your emergency supplies kit each year to make sure it’s updated with your family’s needs.
Where To Store Your Emergency Supplies Kit
Home: Have a designated location for your kit and make sure it is in an easy-to-reach location, so you have quick access to it. Make sure everyone in your household is aware of the kit’s location.
Work: If you are at work when disaster strikes, be prepared to be there for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water, and other necessities such as medicines and comfortable walking shoes.
Car: In case you are stranded, have an emergency kit in your trunk.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Every time you update your emergency supplies kit it’s a good idea to review your home, windstorm, and flood insurance policies. Each of these coverages protects different losses, so it’s important to understand what covers what and make adjustments where they are needed. At TGS Insurance, our agents can assist in policy adjustments and ensure you are getting the best coverage for the lowest rate. From over 35+ carriers, we will find you coverage that fits your needs and most importantly your budget. With TGS Insurance, purchasing insurance is simple, stress-free, and affordable!
Having an emergency kit in place for when a disaster strikes can help keep yourself and members of your household safe and protected. You never know how long you will be without running water and electricity, so it’s always a good idea to have one prepared should you need it.