Extreme weather is no joke. No matter where you live, the weather can be a threat. In the north, it’s snow. In the south, extreme heat and hurricanes are a problem. In the west, tornadoes tear down entire towns in minutes. No matter where you live, there are a few items that are important to keep in your home in case of an emergency.
You want to have a few day’s supply of food. Things like canned goods, dry cereal, and other non-perishables are great to have around so that you can still eat if you have no power. They don’t need refrigeration and have a pretty long shelf life. You can also buy an emergency food supply kit*. If you have a formula fed baby, make sure you always have extra formula on hand. Don’t forget to store some pet food for the furry members of the family as well.
You’ll need at least a couple of gallons of drinking water, and if you don’t live near a natural water supply – a stream or somewhere to get water for flushing toilets, etc. you will need to have more water on hand.
Long sleeve, short sleeve, or both, depending on the season. Double check every couple of months or so to make sure everything still fits, especially if you have children. Don’t forget diapers if you have a little one.
Have a good working flashlight for each member of your family. More if you have room to store them, and plenty of batteries. Replace the batteries when you replace your smoke detector’s batteries – every time the daylight savings time changes.
Candles or lanterns
Matches and Lighters
Cash is king. Power outages can take down ATM machines. Keep a small stash handy. You never know why you may need it.
Make sure you have all of your important paperwork in one place. Situations like floods can wipe out birth certificates, insurance papers, and other documents pretty quickly. It’s best if you keep it all in a fireproof/waterproof safe on an upper floor if you have one, or in a safe deposit box at the bank.
A Communication device
Last, but not least, you need some sort of communication device with the outside world. This may be a cell phone, or if you live in a bad service area, some sort of battery operated radio or scanner, so you know when help is on its way.
Hopefully you will never have to use your emergency kit, but if you do, you’ll be glad you prepared ahead of time.
Do you have an emergency kit in your home? Do you have anything to add to the list?
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