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
- 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.