Essential items for your home emergency kit
In a flood, fire, severe blackout or other emergency, it pays to be prepared. Here’s what you need to compile the ultimate home emergency kit, so you can deal with adverse situations.
In an emergency, you may not have access to power, water and other essentials. In these situations, having a home emergency kit prepared can help keep you and your household members safe and healthy until you can evacuate, or the emergency ends.
The items below should be packed together in a waterproof container kept above floor level in your house. Make sure that everyone in the house knows where to find the home emergency kit.
In general, your home emergency kit should last you for at least three days. If you live in a remote area, where emergency help may be more difficult to access, pack more supplies in your kit. Review your home emergency kit’s contents every six to twelve months to make sure things like food, baby formula and medical supplies haven’t expired, and spare batteries and charger cords are still operational.