Our homes are usually where we feel safest and most prepared; however, it's important to keep designated emergency supplies in an easy-to-reach location so you can access them quickly. The American Red Cross recommends that your home emergency kit have supplies to help you care for yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in an evacuation, and longer should you need to shelter in place. Your emergency kit should be easy to use at home or to take with you quickly if you need to leave.
In an emergency or a disaster, you may not have the basics that make home comfortable: electricity, gas, water, phone, Internet. If the power and gas are out, you won't have lights, heat, air-conditioning, oven and stove, or microwave. Structural damage or flooding may make your home unsafe, and impassable roads may make it difficult to get to other shelter. If emergency responders and aid are not be able to reach you and medical services are not available, you'll need to rely on your own supplies. Having a well-stocked emergency kit can help you respond quickly and give you peace of mind, knowing that you can take care of yourself and your family with survival basics.
Live Ready Tip: Make sure you have at least a 7-day supply of any medications and medical items for each family member.
Live Ready Tip: Keep emergency contact information in your emergency kit along with any important documents so you can find it easily and it's ready to go with you if you need to leave quickly.
Live Ready Tip: Stash some extra cash, extra car and house keys, and a map of your community in your emergency kit.