11 Emergency Preparedness Items to Keep in Your House
There are many items you should have in your emergency preparedness kit or stockpile but today we are sharing our very own 11 emergency preparedness supply items that you must keep in your house.
Maybe the most important thing you can keep in storage—water. This life-giving liquid is vital to survival and will certainly be a useful thing to keep around. You should store about a gallon per person in your house per day for two weeks. Aside from fresh water, you can also keep tools that will help you to sanitize water in case your supply runs out.
2. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a top priority in emergency situations. You should have access to bandages, an instant ice pack, antiseptic wipes, scissors, and antibacterial gel.
3. 72 Hour Kits
There should be a 72 hour kit for every member of your household in the case of needing to evacuate your home. A 72-hour kit should include everything you need to survive for three days. Keep your up to date in case of an emergency.
4. Outlet Free Chargers
Cell phones, laptops, tablets, all of these electronics will still work in the case of a power outage. Though you may not have cell service, having such a device in an emergency is extremely helpful. Have outlet free chargers handy in case you aren’t able to use wall chargers. A portable battery or small generator can help you keep in touch with the outside world and far away family and loved ones.
5. Non-Perishable Food
Food is obviously a must for survival. Stock up on food with a long shelf life, preferably enough to last at least two weeks for every person in your house.
In the case of emergency situations, medications are hard to come by. You likely won’t be able to make it to a pharmacy. Have a backup supply of your needed medications and any generic medications that may come in handy in dire situations.
Having extra batteries around is always helpful. Since many emergencies mean a power outage, having battery power for items that can run despite the power outage is invaluable.
8. Lantern and Flashlights
Flashlights are convenient to carry and hold but be sure you also have lanterns to light entire room in case of a power outage. Having both should cover all the bases.
9. Cash and Important Documents
Credits cards and other online transactions may not work in emergencies. Having cold hard cash to rely on is a nice safety net. Having necessary documents like passports, insurance claims, medical histories, homeowners’ papers, etc. will help you to confirm and validate anything you may need if you don’t have access to digital records.
10. Extra Propane
With extra propane around you could fire up your BBQ or camping stove and have warm meals in an emergency situation.
A toolkit is another useful thing to keep around in most situations, but particularly helpful in emergency situations. You never know the scenarios you may find yourself in. Keeping around basic tools will help you to repair and maybe even build small necessities during a dire situation.