5 Must-Have Items for Every Homeowner’s Emergency Kit

by Editor on August 5, 2013

Emergency Kit

Emergencies. The thing about them is that they oftentimes catch us off guard because, by definition, it’s usually a sudden or unexpected occurrence. And although it’s rare when we can actually categorize an emergency as being a “pleasant situation”, the reality is that there are things that we can do to make them much easier to deal with. One of these things would be to have an emergency kit inside of our home.

If you’ve never made one before and your curious to know what goes inside of them, we’ve actually enclosed what we consider to be five absolute must-haves below. By having these things close by, you’ll be prepared for almost any at-home emergency that comes your way.

Flashlights. If you happen to experience a power outage and you’re not sure when the electricity will be restored, you’ll be thrilled to know that you already have some flashlights (with batteries in them) within your reach. As far as the amount that you need, we recommend one for every family member that lives within the home.

A cell phone (fully charged that has an extra battery). Some of us have been in a situation where a rain storm has knocked out our electricity and our cell phones have had very little battery life left. In some cases, that can prove to be a huge inconvenience. One way to avoid going through this is to purchase a cell phone that you plan to use for emergencies only. Make sure that it’s fully charged and that you have an additional (charged up) battery close to it (just in case).

Non-perishable food items. The next time that you go to the grocery store, make sure to stack up your pantry with non-perishable foods such as dried fruit, canned soup, crackers and canned tuna and salmon. These kinds of things can come in handy if you’re no longer able to eat the food in your refrigerator (because it’s spoiled) or use your stove (because there’s no electricity).

A First-Aid kit. Something that absolutely every home needs is its own First-Aid kit. If you’re wondering what you should put inside of it, some of the items should include a pair of scissors, tweezers, towelettes, a thermometer, antiseptic cream, some batteries, bottled water, aspirin, antibacterial soap, sterile bandages, gloves and needles. It’s also a good idea to keep some tennis shoes, socks, towels and blankets nearby in case you get wet and you need to dry off and keep warm.

Personal hygiene products. And finally, although it’s not openly discussed a lot, we all know that there are things that we use on a constant basis to keep us feeling fresh. These things would include toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, tampons and maxi pads, new toothbrushes and washcloths. Also, if you have a baby or toddler in the home, make sure to have an extra box of diapers, baby wash and some fresh underwear and clothing for them as well. Even when the direst of emergencies happen, people tend to cope with them much better when they are clean and dry.

photo by: Marufish

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