Must Have Items In Case Of An Emergency
Can you imagine being in a house without internet, water, or power? Unfortunately, it happens. In the event of an emergency, anything can happen.
This is why you should have an emergency plan in place. Other than knowing what to do, you should also have your supplies ready, in case a disaster happens to hit your home.
Whether it’s heavy snow, fire, tornado, flooding, or a hurricane, you should be ready. Once a disaster strikes, you and your loved ones should be safe.
A little preparation could mean the difference between life and death. So before something happens, make sure that you have these items in your home, in case of emergency.
During an emergency, water is a main priority.
Water is an important disaster supply. Dehydration, combined with starvation, can affect you negatively before you know it.
This is why access to clean, filtered water is important. Keep a supply of clean drinking water at home. Investing in a device that filters impurities is a wise choice, too.
Often times, electricity is the first thing to go in a disaster. Make sure you have access to light sources.
You need lights to make your way to your family members and for navigating your surroundings. Make sure to have battery-powered flashlights on-hand. You can also store candles, especially those that have shields to protect the flame, in case you run out of batteries.
First Aid Kit
To help take care of any medical problems, especially during times that you don’t have access to a doctor or a hospital, you should have a first aid kit on hand.
Your first aid kit should contain pain killers, gauze, wound cleaner, cotton, and bandages. Keep cold, headache, fever, and stomachache medicines inside your kit, too.
Portable chargers are good for traveling, but did you know that it can save you during emergencies, too?
Your mobile phone is important for calling the members of the family, but it can be useless without a charge. During a storm or emergency, chances are you’ll have no electricity, so keeping a fully charged backup charger with you can keep your batteries charged.
Using a cordless radio may be a thing of the 90’s, but it could prove important during an emergency situation.
Cordless radios allow you to get in touch with what’s going on locally. Make sure to have a battery powered one that will work, even when the power is out.
If the gas or electricity in your home is not working, using your microwave or oven is out of the question. So how will you be able to cook?
This is why you should keep extra propane on hand. You can use it to fire up the BBQ grill or your camping stove. In our last emergency we were 3 days without electricity, Hubby made coffee on the grill every morning.
According to the American Red Cross, you need to keep at least two weeks’ worth of non-perishable goods at home, in case of emergency.
Make sure to stock up on peanut butter, nuts, beef jerky, and trail mix.
Other things you need to keep in a safe location that you can easily grab:
- Pet food
- Important documents like your passport, birth certificate, and identification cards.
- Maps of the area
- Extra set of your house and car keys
- Surgical masks
- Duct tape
- Extra clothing in a waterproof bag
Once the disaster hits, it’s a must that you can easily grab these emergency items. Make sure that everything is kept in a safe place that you can easily access.
Are there any necessities that you have that we failed to mention? Let us know!