For other emergencies that might require staying in place at home for several days, such as a blizzard, you might want to gather supplies when a storm is first forecast and closely monitor the storm, to ensure that you have everything you need on hand.
Whether you are hunkering down to weather a storm at home, scrambling to evacuate to get to safety, or facing the possibility of being stranded in your vehicle during stormy weather, one thing is sure: having the proper provisions can help make a difficult scenario safer for you.
The following are some of the key considerations for a survival kit to fit these potential emergency situations. Consider how each of them could suit these scenarios and arm yourself appropriately.
- One gallon of water, per person, per day.
- Non-perishable and canned foods, along with a non-electric can opener.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Flashlights with extra batteries.
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, with extra batteries if relevant.
- Extra clothing and blankets.
- A first-aid kit.
- Emergency cash and checks as credit cards may not be dependable in a power outage.
- Chargers for electronics, including vehicle chargers.
- A whistle to signal for help.
- Duct tape.
- Copies of personal documents, including a home inventory list, insurance policies and other important legal and financial documents.
- Bug spray (depending on location and climate).
- Hand and foot warmers (pending climate).
- Pen and notebook to keep notes such as important phone numbers, in case the power is out and electronic devices are not working.
- Baby supplies such as diapers, wipes, infant formula, food and bottles.
- Pet food and extra water for your pets.
- At least a three- to seven-day supply of any daily medication for family members and pets. 1