WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?

WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?

By Published On: September 30, 2013Categories: HVACComments Off on WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?

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.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?