How To Make Your Own Emergency Kit For Your Home

February 12th, 2013 posted by Josefin O'Brien

by Josefin O’Brien

Don’t wait until a disaster strikes which could leave you thinking, “I guess I should have been a little more prepared,” especially when it’s so easy to put your emergency kit together beforehand. A family emergency kit really is one of the most important things you’ll hopefully never need.

According to FEMA, your emergency kit should include:

  1. Water – one gallon, per person, per day for at least 3 days
  2. Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food for the family
  3. Food and water for any pets
  4. Cash or traveler’s checks
  5. Copies of important family documents, such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  6. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each family member
  7. Complete change of clothing for each family member (make sure it is weather-appropriate so if you live in a cold climate, pack sweaters)
  8. Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  9. Flashlight and extra batteries
  10. First aid kit
  11. Whistle to signal for help
  12. Dust mask for every member of the family, just in case the air is contaminated
  13. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  14. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  15. Can opener for food (if food is canned)
  16. Mess kits—paper cups, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  17. Local maps
  18. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  19. Fire extinguisher
  20. Matches in a waterproof container
  21. Any personal hygiene items your family may need
  22. Books, games, puzzles for the kids

Emergency Kit For Your Car

Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere is no fun, especially if you’re not prepared. What about if you’re driving and an earthquake happens or you get stuck in a sudden storm, will you be ready? Here are the items FEMA suggests keeping in your car in case of an emergency:

  1. Non-perishable food
  2. Water
  3. A battery-powered or hand crank radio
  4. Extra flashlights and batteries
  5. First aid kit
  6. A change of clothes

Before winter, add the following to your kit:

  • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • An extra blanket for warmth

Also, make sure to keep your car’s gas tank full so you won’t run out of gas, and always maintain your vehicle. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions pertaining to oil changes and tune-ups.

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