What to Put In Your Home Emergency Kit

Disaster can strike at any moment, so it’s important to always be prepared. And in order to be prepared, we have to think ahead. If I ever experience an emergency, what kinds of items would I need to ensure my safety and survival? It’s an extremely important question.

Items you most definitely should have:

  • Water (one gallon per person, per day for several days. Water should be used for both drinking and maintaining personal hygiene)
  • Food (non-perishable foods are best during times of crisis. You should prepare to have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods in your kit)
  • Flashlight
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Extra Batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Flares
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and water for your pet
  • Cash
  • Driver’s License
  • Warm blankets for each person in your family
  • Pen or pencil and paper
  • Books, games, or puzzles for children

Finally, if you’re ever in an emergency and are able to shelter in place and you notice that your cell phone’s battery is about to die, change your voicemail message. In the voice recording, give your precise location and explain that you do not have a way to charge your phone. When someone tries to call you and hears the message, they will be notified that you are in need of help and will know where to find you.