In the event of a disaster, an emergency kit can be ALL the difference. From floods to earthquakes, disaster can strike at any time so get prepared now! At minimum, pack a kit with enough materials to last you and your family for at least three days. Although every family’s needs are different, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Water & drinking water tablets: You should have one gallon per person per day to cover drinking, washing, and cooking needs. Water tablets can also come in handy when a clean water source is unavailable.
- First aid supplies: A basic 50 piece kit should be enough for a family of four. Also include sunscreen!
- Canned food & can opener: Make sure to rotate canned and non-perishable foods a few times a year. Also keep utensils and a can opener in your kit!
- Emergency blankets: Also known as “space blankets”, they can keep you warm without taking up extra space. They can also be used to flag down emergency responders!
- Warm clothes and sturdy shoes: Keep heavy-duty clothes, socks, gloves, hats and similar clothing items in your kit. Also, keep shoes in which you can safely traverse debris or rough terrain.
- Medication & eyeglasses: Keep a week’s worth of necessary medications, along with any instructions, ready in your kit. Additionally, keep your old pairs of eyeglasses in your kit.
- Dust masks: Masks with help to reduce any smoke or dust inhalation.
- Essential infant/child/pet care items: Include personal documents and vaccination records.
- Bleach & hygiene products: Bleach is useful for quick and easy disinfecting. Also include tissues, wipes, and hand sanitizer.
- Toilet chemicals & plastic bucket: Proper sanitation and plumbing may not be available, but nature will still call.
- Battery-powered radio & clock: If the power is down, this could be the only way to learn of rescue information and news.
- Flashlights & batteries: Keep several flashlights both in your kit and throughout the house. Also make sure to keep extra batteries, in the right size and stored away from any electronics in your kit.
- Candles & matches/lighter: Keep a few for just in case, along with either matches or a lighter.
- Light sticks & whistles: Glow sticks can provide safe light if you suspect a gas leak. Whistles can be used to call from help or signal your location.
- Fire extinguisher: Make sure all older children and adults know how to safely operate it!
- Multi-functional axe/knife: Keep away from children!
- Small tent: This could be your only shelter, so make sure to have all the pieces!
- Cooking stove & propane fuel: This make be the only way to cook food or boil water.
- Trash bags & rope: For storage, sanitation, securing or moving items..
- Shovel & heavy gloves: For moving debris, broken glass, or other items.
- Wrench: To shut off utilities.
- Currency: ATMs will likely be down. Keep some cash handy in your kit.
- Copies of important documents: Include deeds, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. Keep the originals in a waterproof container or bank deposit box.
- Copies of important phone numbers: Keep a list of family and other emergency numbers with your kit.
- Essentials Go-Bag: Keep a leash, food and water bowls, any medications, a carrier, as well as a favorite toy or blanket. Also include a 2- to 3-week supply of food, water, and litter.
- List of pet-friendly shelters: Many evacuation shelters may not accept pet or animals, due to space or safety. It’s crucial to locate pet-friendly shelters or hotels ahead of time.
Prepare your family’s emergency kit today! Then, give us a call at 661-542-7007 to review your insurance policies!