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- Emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s imperative to have an at-home emergency kit ready should disaster strike.
- According to the American Red Cross, everyone should consider creating a stationary and mobile emergency kit for the home.
- We studied the Red Cross’s list of supplies and compiled the following list of basics to include in an at-home emergency kit.
When an emergency strikes, it’s almost always unexpected, whether it’s a fire, an earthquake, hurricane, a family member falling ill, losing power for multiple days, or something else. We don’t always immediately know what to do, but it’s wise to have the supplies readily available should you ever find yourself in the midst of an urgent situation.
Creating a personalized at-home emergency kit isn’t difficult if you know what to put it in. All you need to do is grab a large tub (like this one or this one) and fill it with basic necessities like a first aid kit, water, flashlight, and any medical supplies that are specific to your needs, or your family and pet’s needs. You could even create multiple bins based on the supplies inside (e.g., food bin, medical bin, hardware bin).
The American Red Cross suggests creating two kits: One that’s meant for use at home if you’re required to stay put, and an emergency kit that’s on-the-go ready should you need to mobilize.
How you choose to set up your at-home emergency kit is up to you, but we’ve rounded up a list of basic items you might want to include, based on the American Red Cross’s emergency preparedness website.