Everything You NEED on Your Emergency Kit Checklist
Disaster can strike at any time. That's why it’s extremely important to have an emergency kit checklist. Knowing that your kit is fully stocked at all times will give you peace of mind. Most items are inexpensive and easy to find. Once you get the basic items, it’s important to think about the unique needs that your family may have. For example, supplies for pets, children, and senior citizens.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means you have enough food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Get prepared ahead of time and be sure to have these items in your emergency kit.
Emergency Kit Checklist: Basic Supplies
Water -You will need one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days. Water will be used for drinking and sanitation needs.
Food -You’ll need at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as ready-to-go canned meats, fruits, and vegetables. In addition, you can include protein or fruit bars, peanut butter, canned juices, and dry cereal.
Important documentation - For example, copies of insurance policies, emergency contacts, and ID cards. Keep them all in a waterproof bag just in case.
Maps of the area
Additional Emergency Kit Supplies
Now that we have the basic supplies covered, let's take it one step further. Does your family have any specific needs? For instance, supplies for infants or elderly family members. If so, consider adding some of the following items to your emergency kit. Being well prepared can save lives. You never know when a weather-related disaster can happen.
Non-prescription medications — pain relievers and antacids.
Infant formula, bottles, diapers, and wipes
Pet food and extra water
Change of clothes
Personal hygiene items
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Books, games, puzzles for children
Paper and pencil
Paper cups, plates, plastic utensils
Where To Keep Emergency Kits
Home: Keep this kit in a designated place. And make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is.
Work: Be prepared to shelter at work. Keep another kit at your office/desk, because disaster can strike at any time.
Vehicle: In case you get stranded, keep an emergency kit in your car.