As we’ve seen and experienced an increasing occurrence of extreme weather activity in the past few years, disaster can happen at any given time. While you may feel immune to being a victim of a natural disaster, a hurricane or tornado can strike in the most unlikely places. That is why it’s important to be prepared if and when you, unfortunately, cross Mother Nature’s risky path.
Should you experience flash flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, or any event that requires you to evacuate your home, there are a few key items you want to have on the go with you. Below is everything you need in your emergency supplies kit to ensure you and your loved ones are protected.
Basic Disaster Supplies
When assembling your emergency supplies kit you want to make sure all the items are stored in airtight plastic bags. You’ll want to get a duffle bag or container that is easy to carry, so you can quickly grab it and go when evacuating.
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 Emergency 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 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.
Kit Storage Locations
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, this is a good time 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! Contact us today!
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.