As we discussed in 10 Ways to Prepare for a Summer Storm, storms – whether mostly harmless thunderstorms or severe hurricanes – are typically rampant in the end of summer. An important way to prepare for storms – and any subsequent power outages – is to create an emergency kit.

Not only can emergency kits help you ride out an emergency safely, but – in the event of a fire, flood, or other disasters – it may even save your life. Emergency kits should be created out of watertight containers that can easily be moved (consider a hefty plastic container or a rolling trash can) and should be placed somewhere that is easily accessible.

What should you keep in your emergency kit?

  • Water and non-perishable food items
  • Flashlights, battery-powered or hand-crank radios, and extra batteries
  • First aid kit, stocked with:
    • Assorted sizes and types of bandages
    • Adhesive cloth tape
    • Antibiotics, ointments, and antiseptics
    • Aspirin and other medication
    • Cold compress and compress dressings
    • Non-latex gloves
    • Oral thermometer
    • Tweezers
  • Personal hygiene products (such as soap, toilet paper, and any feminine supplies)
  • Cell phone and an extra charger
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Copies of all insurance policies
  • Disposable camera
  • Extra set of house and car keys

You might want to also consider creating a “personal” emergency kit for each member of your family. These kits can include:

  • Copies of personal documents (such as health insurance, birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Emergency cash and an extra set of clothing
  • List of any drug or food allergies
  • Baby and/or pet supplies
  • Photos of family members and pets
  • Extra personal items (such as eyeglasses or medication)
  • Map(s) of the surrounding area in case of separation
  • Any special needs items

For more information about how to prepare for storms and hurricanes, or how to create an emergency kit, please call us at (301) 605-9112.