31 Must-Have Items for Your Home Emergency Kit - Mountaineer Insurance Services

31 Must-Have Items for Your Home Emergency Kit

 

Home Emergency Kit

According to Ready.gov, a good rule of thumb is to have enough food, water, and essential supplies on hand for 72 hours in case you need to evacuate. If it’s likely that you’ll shelter in place, the Red Cross recommends a 2-week supply.

Here’s the good news: You can buy a pre-made kit from a number of retailers online, but it’s also likely that you have many of these items lying around your house already. Grab a large, portable, watertight container to start stashing things away. Start building your kit with the essentials first, and then move on to the “nice-to-haves.”

The Basics

  1. Water (one gallon per person, per day)
  2. Non-perishable food
  3. Flashlight
  4. Extra batteries
  5. Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
  6. First aid kit and/or trauma kit
  7. Cash and change (in a waterproof container)
  8. Manual can opener
  9. Flares or whistle to signal for help
  10. Dust masks for contaminated air
  11. Wrench, pliers and other tools (to turn off utilities)
  12. Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place (if you are stuck at home, work or elsewhere)
  13. Local maps
  14. Cell phone with battery-powered or solar charger.
  15. Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation

The Extras

Once you’ve got the essentials, personalize your kit based on the needs of your family (including pets!) and the weather conditions where you live.

  1. Prescription medications
  2. Non-prescription medications (pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, or laxatives)
  3. Eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  4. Infant formula and supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.)
  5. Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  6. Important family documents in a waterproof container (copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records)
  7. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  8. Complete change of clothing for each person
  9. Unscented household bleach and medicine dropper (bleach is an effective disinfectant and can also be used to treat drinking water)
  10. Extra food and water
  11. Pet food and supplies
  12. Life raft for areas with severe flooding
  13. Extra blankets and hand warmers for extreme cold
  14. Matches in a waterproof container
  15. Fire extinguisher
  16. Emergency reference material (order these for free at Ready.gov)

We’ve got your back

Uncertainty is part of life, but anxiety doesn’t have to rule your roost. At Mountaineer Insurance Services, we want to help you feel confident that your home insurance will go the distance if disaster strikes.

Remember: It’s important to protect your home with the right insurance well in advance of any looming forecast. In most places, state regulations prohibit anyone from purchasing a new insurance policy or changing their current coverage at the last minute when catastrophic weather, like severe flooding or a hurricane is about to strike.  So, while you’re in planning mode: Ask us how your home insurance measures up (and request a free quote). If you have questions, we have answers to those questions and can design a policy that’s just the right fit for you.