Building an Emergency Kit
Winter Storm Kit – Emergency Preparation List – Power Outage Kit
With many names, serving many purposes, preparing a kit with at least these items will give you peace of mind that you are prepared to care for yourself and others during emergencies and severe weather. There are plenty of other items that could be added, but this will be more than a great start. Our favorite way to store them? In large coolers, duffel bags and large back packs.
- Water – 1 gallon per person, per day and at least 3 days’ worth.
- Food – non-perishable, nutritional, easy to prepare and at least 3 days’worth. (PB & J Sandwiches, Nutritional Bars, Nutritional Shakes, Nuts, Seeds, Trail Mix, Dried Fruit)
- Flashlights & lanterns.
- Battery-operated, hand-crank, and/or solar powered radio. An NOAA Weather Radio would be best.
- Extra batteries for your flashlights, lanterns & radio.
- First aid kit.
- Medications – at least a 7 day supply.
- Multi-purpose tool.
- Hygiene & sanitation items. Body wipes and sanitizing wipes are always useful.
- Cell phone & charger. Consider purchasing one portable, cordless, rechargeable charger per phone.
- Copies of your personal documents. (Medications, Birth/death certificates, Deeds/leases, Insurance policies, Emergency contact list (Family & Friends).
- Extra cash – ATM machines may go down.
- Pet supplies – leash, food, bowl, blanket.
- Gas – Fill your vehicle tank & have extra for your generator.
- Non-clumping kitty litter, sand, and/or rock salt for walkways & traction.
- Fuel for alternative heating methods –coal & wood for stoves & fireplaces.
- Cooler(s) to put your refrigerated and frozen food in. If power is lost, keep it full of ice and stored in the refrigerator, then avoid opening the refrigerator door as much as possible
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Printable version: – Emergency Kit Checklist
June is recognized as the month for National Home Safety. Participate with us by committing to being prepared, informed, and living well.
A popular part of living well in June is enjoying the great weather! Breaking out the grill is one of my favorite ways to celebrate the coming of summer. Remember before kicking off a great barbecue:
- Propane and charcoal grills are for outdoor use only!
- Avoid grilling close to your house, railings, or overhanging branches. Smoke damage can be quite an extensive project to tackle. Read more about smoke damage clean up.
- Maintain a clean grill by proper heating, scrubbing, and cleaning the grease tray often.
- Make sure to never leave the grill unattended while in use, and don’t forget to shut the propane off when you’re done.
- To check for leaks in the tank hose, use a light soap and water mix. If you see bubbles after applying the solution to the hose, don’t light that grill! Have it serviced first.
- Always let coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
- Of course, accidents do happen, so have a plan in place for prompt response if you have an emergency. If you are local on Cape Cod, read about Whalen Restoration’s emergency response services.
This June, work on preventing household injuries by addressing factors in and around your home.
- As included in most of our safety tips, have an emergency safety plan. Keep it simple so that all ages of your home will know what to do, but include enough to cover most of the common disasters your area may encounter in a year.
- Keep an emergency kit handy in the event of a natural disaster and/or loss of power. Make sure you have the essentials to last a few days including water, first aid, flashlights with extra batteries, and nonperishable food. More in depth details of what you should have and how to assemble a kit can be found at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
- Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms yearly, and test them often. Make sure there is one on every floor of your home and near fire hazards.
- Be sure to have emergency telephone numbers handy for accidents. Poison control and other emergency contact numbers are great to have posted on the refrigerator for quick access.
- Make sure any toxic products and medications are stored in childproof areas.
With those safety and prevention tips in mind, another very large part of home safety is making time to care for you. Nothing should interfere with having a balanced diet and good exercise habits. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in strawberry short cake at the cookout or take a day’s rest from the gym, but it does mean that you should be regularly eating clean, getting sufficient exercise, and regular sleep. Luckily, the urgency to adapt these great habits is becoming one of today’s most popular topics, creating an amazing variety of options to suit everyone’s needs. By caring for yourself you’ll be preventing household injury by keeping a clear mind and stronger body.
Pledge to honor this National Home Safety month and reap the benefits all year long. I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy Summer.
In today’s world, we are advised to have all sorts of emergency plans in place in the event that one thing or another is to happen. We have emergency preparation kits so that we are prepared for the next hurricane, Nor’easter, or blizzard. We have emergency evacuation plans to exit our houses safely during a fire. Emergency first aid kits are in our cars, emergency back-ups on our computers, and maybe even an emergency phone list just in case you can’t get to the bus stop in time to meet the kids. Unfortunately, not many people have an emergency plan in place for the event that they come home to a washing machine that has suds to the living room, a hot water tank that gave out its last leg, or a furnace puff back coating soot on every square inch of everything!
When you are faced with the unexpected, having a plan in place serves wonders on retaining a clear mind, lowering stress levels, and keeping damage to a minimum. Imagine: You’ve just finished a long day at work, completed your grocery shopping, and finally you’ve open the door to start prepping dinner when you find your kitchen floor sitting beneath a layer of water generously leaked from your failed dish washer. Thankfully you’ve already programmed your agent in your phone and done your emergency restoration company research. Smart phones can even save your policy number information directly with the contact. Your agent gives you a list of local emergency service providers, and you call the one that appealed to you most based on their reviews, testimonials, and maybe a quick phone call prior to sample their office personnel. One more call to your emergency service provider and within 60 minutes or less, help is on the way!
Phew! Imagine all the things you would have been bombarded with if you hadn’t had that plan in place. At key’s turn, with arms full of grocery bags, you would have had to hunt down your agent’s information, policy information, decipher with unknown resources which company to choose to provide your emergency services, and all while your ice cream is leaking! It is so very important to initiate emergency services as soon as possible, otherwise the longer the wait, the more damage to mitigate, but you’ll want to be confident that you’ve chosen the best company for the job. As with any in-home service, it’s a personal matter to invite technicians into your house – no matter what they are providing. Just as you would research your insurance company, the bank you do business with, or even your primary care physician, look into your local restoration companies before you actually need them. Be like a scout; be prepared!