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What’s in Your Safety Kit?

April 5, 2016 in Emergency Preparedness

In the wake of recent weather events, we are reminded that it’s important to be prepared.

Knowing when a disaster will strike your home or office is impossible, but you can prepare yourself by having a survival kit located in or near your storm shelter. Make sure your kit is easily portable in the event that you need to relocate.

First on your list should be water. Ideally, you will want one gallon of water per person, per day. At home, you should maintain a one to two week supply of drinkable water.

Flashlights, radios, and batteries are next on the list in case of a power outage. Your radio should be battery operated and pre-tuned to a national weather station. Make sure you have fresh, extra batteries that fit both the flashlights and the radios.

Finally, a survival kit is not complete without a well-stocked first aid kit. Make sure it is stocked with different sized bandages to tend to any immediate injuries. You may also consider having additional medications or prescriptions on hand as well.

When it comes to you and your family’s safety, you can’t be over prepared. Here are a few additional items you may want to consider:

  • Extra cash
  • Matches
  • Non-perishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Emergency blankets
  • Multipurpose tools
  • Maps of the surrounding area with important landmarks highlighted

Check out our video for more ideas:

What else would you pack in your survival kit in the event of a natural disaster? Sound off in the comments!