Life is full of unexpected events for better and for worse. You may not always be able to anticipate disasters, but you can help prepare for the worst to keep you and your family safe by preparing an emergency kit for your home. Your kit should be catered to your personal needs and region, but here are 8 items everyone can benefit from keeping in their home emergency kit.
1. Plastic Bin or Water-Resistant Duffel Bag
First things first, choose a container to hold your emergency kit. Your container should be easy to carry, sealable, and water-resistant to prevent water damage or mold or mildew.
A sealed plastic tub or a duffel bag is a great and spacious vessel to carry your emergency kit. You can organize items with sealable plastic bags, especially items that may leak or cause damage to other items, such as hygiene products.
2. Fireproof and Waterproof Container
Keep any small valuables and important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, birth certificates, etc. in a sealed fireproof and waterproof container to ensure no damage will come to your heirlooms or family documents.
3. Portable Power Bank
Keeping a portable power bank will allow you to keep your phone alive so you can keep up with local news for status updates and maintain contact with others to ensure their safety and yours.
Depending on their strength, power banks can charge phones completely at least once and as many as five times. Solar and battery-powered banks are available and are even better, so you don’t have to rely on finding electricity to charge your charger during a disaster.
Blankets are the ultimate multi-purpose tool for an emergency. Of course, they are used to provide warmth and comfort, but blankets can also be used to pad your emergency kit to prevent damage or shifting.
More importantly, blankets can be hung in front of windows to prevent glass and debris from flying across the room and causing an injury or further damage, should your windows break in a hurricane or other disaster,
If you’re able, it’s better to board your windows with planks of wood to better ensure your windows don’t break, but if you do not have the tools to do so or if you are unable to, blankets are a great and affordable alternative.
5. Personal Hygiene Staples
While you may not be able to pamper yourself with bubble baths, it is important to try to maintain your hygiene to avoid getting sick during an emergency.
Antibacterial body wipes, such as baby wipes, are a great way to cleanse yourself to avoid bacterial infections and stay clean when you don’t have access to water.
Haircare products like travel size shampoo or dry shampoo and hair ties or clips are great for maintaining your hygiene and taking care of you to increase your comfort levels even minimally.
Toiletries like feminine products, hand sanitizer, and even a package of toilet paper are essential to ensure you’ll always be prepared in the event of a shortage.
6. First Aid Kit
First aid kits are an absolute must for emergency kits. You can purchase ready-made first aid kits or build your own. Make sure your first aid kit at least includes bandages, gauze, medical tape, antibiotic ointments, basic fever reducers and pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and any personal medicine you require.
If you cannot keep your medicine with your emergency kit due to shelf life or temperature needs, try to keep it in a convenient and easy-to-grab container for easy access in the event of an emergency.
7. Water and Nonperishables
Food and water are another absolute essential for preparing your emergency kit. In an emergency, you may find yourself in a food shortage as other people stock up last minute or without a reliable food source in an evacuation. Purchasing large cases of water bottles for your emergency kit will guarantee that you have clean drinking water and for maintaining your hygiene!
When purchasing food, look for items with a very long shelf-life that is also filling and nutritional. Canned meals and dried fruits, vegetables, and meats are excellent options for food that is nutritional, filling, and delicious while lasting for extended periods of time.
8. Security and Surveillance Systems
Some disasters can’t be avoided but keeping proper security and surveillance in your home can make sure that you are fully informed and even prevent some disasters or looting in the event of an evacuation.
Security sensors in your home to detect carbon, glass breaking, water, or fire can help prevent home emergencies to make sure you use your emergency kit as little as possible.
Surveillance cameras can give you peace of mind to keep an eye on your home while you are evacuated should extensive damage or looters come to your house, which can make an insurance claim go by much smoother with recorded video footage.
For more information on keeping your home safe, visit Covenant’s residential security and surveillance pages. If you are interested in purchasing sensors or 4K security cameras, contact us at (912) 272-4383 or AskQuestions@TrustCSS.com