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Supplies to Include in a Home Safety Emergency Kit

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Supplies to Include in a Home Safety Emergency Kit

Emergencies can happen at any time. Whether it’s a fire, flood, or other major disaster, you need to make sure that you keep your family prepared for the worst. A home safety/emergency kit could save your life, but you need to make sure it’s properly stocked. Here are some supplies you may want to keep in your home emergency kit.


Food and water


As a rule, every member of your household should have at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for up to three days. However, bear in mind that if you have a disruption to your water service, you could be without running water for much longer.


Food is also a priority for your emergency kit. You’ll want at least three days’ worth of nonperishable foods for each person. If you pack canned foods, be sure to pack a can opener in your kit. You may want to consider packing a small camping stove that runs on canned fuel so you can heat your food.




In many emergency situations, there is a loss of electricity. You’ll need a way to provide light for your family, so pack several flashlights and plenty of spare batteries. You may also want to include candles and waterproof matches, which can also be used for cooking.


First aid kit


No home safety/emergency kit is complete without a basic first aid kit. It should include bandages, antibiotic ointment, and over-the-counter medications for pain and fever. If anyone in your home takes other medications regularly, you may want to include some of each medication in your kit.




If you become trapped inside your home, you need a way to signal to rescue workers. A whistle is ideal for attracting attention in order to get help.


Weather radio


A battery-powered or hand-crank weather radio will allow you to hear emergency broadcasts during times of disaster.


Cell phone and charger


A fully charged cellphone can provide a way to call for help, or it could provide light to find your way in an emergency. If you have to shelter in place, a charger will allow you to make sure your phone is always charged and useful, if you have electricity. If you don’t have electricity, you may be able to charge your cell phone using an inverter or solar charger.


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