Building an Emergency Survival Kit
When assembling an emergency kit for your home, think about the items you and your family might need to sustain you for at least three to seven days. For urgent situations that necessitate a rapid exit from your home, like a wildfire, it’s wise to prepare your kit in advance and keep it within easy reach.
Having a kit already put together ensures you can grab essential items if you have to evacuate on short notice. For situations where you might be confined at home, such as during a blizzard, collecting necessary supplies is beneficial as soon as the storm is predicted. Monitoring the storm’s progress helps ensure you have everything required.
Whether you’re staying put during a storm, evacuating swiftly, or dealing with the potential of being stuck in your vehicle due to inclement weather, one constant remains: being prepared and adequately equipped can make adverse situations considerably safer for everyone involved.
Suggested Items for Your Survival Kit
Here are a few things that are great to have in your survival kit in case of an emergency.
- A gallon of water per person daily.
- Non-perishable and canned goods, plus a manual can opener.
- Hygiene and sanitation products.
- Flashlights and spare batteries.
- A battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Include additional batteries if necessary.
- Extra clothing and blankets.
- A first-aid kit.
- Since credit cards might not work during power outages, emergency funds in cash and checks.
- Chargers for your devices, including car chargers.
- A whistle for signalling assistance.
- Duct tape.
- Copies of vital personal documents: home inventory, insurance policies, and other critical financial and legal paperwork.
- Insect repellent (based on your region and the season).
- Hand and foot warmers (depending on the weather).
- A pen and notebook for jotting down crucial information like phone numbers, especially if electronic devices are unavailable.
- Supplies for infants: diapers, wipes, formula, food, and bottles.
- Pet food and additional water for your furry friends.
- Enough of a supply of daily medications for both family and pets for up to seven days.
Keeping Your Home and Family Safe
Regardless of the type of emergency, keeping your family safe and your home protected is key. Knowing your home is insured is a priceless way to keep your peace of mind. Learn more about our home insurance here and contact us to get a quote.
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