Disaster emergency kits are something every family and residence should have. Even if you live in somewhere that isn’t in a high risk area for natural disasters you could still be at risk form other emergencies such as blackouts, flash floods and snow storms that could disrupt local services. If you live in regions with cold weather, you might run into s situation where your furnace malfunctions or your pipes freeze leaving you without heat or water. Where ever you live, your emergency kit should have enough emergency food, water and supplies to last 3 or 4 days for each person in your home.
Water – Two or more liters of water per person per day. Replace after 1 year if not used.
Food – Store food that doesn’t spoil, such as energy bars, dried food and can goods. Don’t forget a manual can opener! If you think you may need food for an extended period of time, a large sack of white rice and beans would be an excellent choice.
Light and Fire – A flashlight and batteries are important in an emergency as there is a good chance you may not have electricity. You should also have plenty of candles to save on battery use. Keep a few lighters and matches with your candles so you don’t have to look for them in the dark.
Radio – During an emergency, updates, warnings and other information may be broadcast on local radio and television stations. Having a wind-up or battery powered radio with a fresh supply of batteries is essential in the event of a power outage or evacuation.
First Aid Kit – You should have a good sized first aid kit that can cover small injuries to more severs trauma. Besides the obvious bandages, band-aids and anti-biotics, you should have things like instant ice packs, splints, slings, disposable scalpels and antiseptics. Don’t forget extra prescription medications you may take as well as pain relief such as Tylenol or Advil.
Extra Clothes and Blankets – Make sure to have extra clothing and footwear in case you are faced with wet conditions or extreme cold. Have plenty of warm blankets and sleeping bags. Blankets with high wool content are excellent for insulating heat.
Tarps and Rope – Tarps and rope have a multitude of possible uses such as a make shift shelter, rain water collection and other essential survival needs.
Extra Keys – Keep a backup set of keys for your car and house.
Toiletries – Your regular items may not be accessible or available in an emergency . Store extra toilet paper and personal items you made need.
Cash – You may need cash in a situation where you have to leave your home. ATM’s may not be operational during a disaster. Make sure to have small bills and change for pay phones.
Games and Books – Sometimes you may be in an emergency situation for an extended period of time. Keep a deck of cards and a few books to pass the time while you wait for help.