Disaster can strike at any time and when it does, most of us are ill-prepared. Imagine your family going without food or water for days. Imagine having no access to electricity, running water, or the internet. How hard it would be for everyone. Sadly, these scenarios can happen to any of us after a disaster happens. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help prepare yourself if the worst were to happen. One of the best ways is to prepare a home emergency kit.
What Is A Home Emergency Kit?
A home emergency kit is a collection of necessary supplies that can help you get through most home disasters. Home emergency kits contain everything you and your family need to survive for several days on your own. Home emergency kits are often sold online as a complete package, but you are better off building one of your own to meet the unique needs of your family. A good place to start building a kit is at www.ready.gov/kit by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This website will give you an overview of the basic items contained in-home emergency kits, so you can get ideas of what to put in yours.
Our Recommendations For Your Home Emergency Kit
With nearly 40 years of helping disaster victims recover their lives, we are Rainbow International of Central Oregon have learned what items really help. Here are X items that we recommend including in any home emergency kit:
- Water: DHS recommends one gallon per person per day. Since most people do not know how long they will face an emergency, it’s a good idea to keep a bare minimum of a three day supply.
- Food: DHS also recommends having a 3-day supply of food. Non-perishables with high nutritional value are best. A good idea is to go to a camping or military surplus store and stock up on MREs. MREs are field rations provided to the military and contain 1200 or more calories per package. They are also designed to last a long time.
- Prescription Medications: Any prescription medications your family takes, should be packed in the to-go bag. A three day supply is the minimum recommendation. Also, make sure to have a spare pair of glasses or contact lens and contact lens solution.
- Flashlight And Radio: The Red Cross makes a great device that is a radio, flashlight, and cell phone charger in one. It powers on by solar and hand cranking.
- First Aid Kit: Most store-bought first aid kits are not very comprehensive. We recommend putting together one yourself. OSHA has some great guidelines to help.
- Tools: Pliers, hammers, and axes are all extremely useful in an emergency. They can be used to shut off utilities, get out of your building quick, and for protection.
- Dust Masks: Most emergencies come with poor air quality that can be extremely unhealthy. Have a dust mask for each member of the family.
- Sanitation Solutions: Plastic bags and moist toilettes are incredibly important to help manage any sanitation and bathing needs.
- Blankets: Blankets not only offer warmth and a place to sleep, but they can be a helpful shield for escaping a fire.
- Important Documents: Disasters do not discriminate when they destroy. Make sure to have copies of all your important documents like identification, bank accounts, and insurance paperwork. Having these documents available will speed up your recovery time.
A home emergency kit can do a lot to help you through the worst parts of an emergency. Rainbow International of Central Oregon can help you rebuild when the disaster is over. We offer comprehensive emergency restoration services that can help you get your life back after an emergency. Be prepared for the worst and we’ll help you with the rest.