Emergency Essentials Checklist

There are certain things you depend on day-to-day, but do you have emergency essentials? Consider what you need if the unforeseen happens. You’ll require food, water, electricity and heat, communication, shelter, and the ability to get places. In true dire times, you may not be able to fulfill some or all your needs.

We can help you put a plan in place so that you will have your emergency supplies. Preparation is key to survival when unexpected disaster strikes. Read on to make your emergency essentials checklist and be prepared when emergency strikes.

Why be prepared?

Simply put, nobody expects an emergency. Whether it’s a power outage, a natural disaster, a pandemic, or another unexpected event, taking action to put some supplies together is worthwhile. It is important to think about preparedness. If you consider what you need during a difficult life scenario and begin to stock up and store some now, you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way. 

Here are some benefits of preparation?

  • ensures you will have life necessities on hand
  • increases your survival rate
  • reduce fear and anxiety about emergency
  • reduce the overall impact of the emergency
  • save money on supplies
  • makes you more comfortable during an emergency
  • ability to help others if you are self-sufficient

Survival Supplies Must-Haves

Food: food that won’t spoil, pet food, baby food

Having food on hand to sustain you and your family is a wise idea. Consider food storage and shelf life. Energy bars, dehydrated or canned foods,

Cooking Supplies: waterproof matches, portable or camping stove, manual can opener, pots, pans and utensils

tin foil meal on portable grill

While food supply is important, think about how you will prepare food in an emergency if you don’t have access to your home’s amenities.

Water: 1 gallon per person per day

We use water not only to drink, but in food preparation and cleaning. Having proper water stored and/or a water filtration or purification system on hand is vital to making sure you have enough water in an emergency.

Emergency Light Sources: waterproof flashlights and headlamps

Make sure you have options throughout your home for lighting should you need them. Flashlights with batteries and headlamps are useful. Make sure you know where your batteries are should you need them.

Emergency Power: solar-powered generator or gas-powered generator

If you have lost power, an alternate source will help you keep your food supplies from spoiling and it will keep your heat up and running and the lights on.

Heat Source: non-electric portable heater, warm clothing and blankets, firewood and waterproof matches

Make sure you have alternate ways to keep warm and sheltered in an emergency.

Communication: cell phone and chargers, solar charger, hand-crank radio, 2-way radio, and a whistle

This may not be what you think about initially when preparing for an emergency. But being able to communicate with others and to hear helpful information from the outside world is crucial.

First Aid and Sanitation: including a first aid kit, hand sanitizer, paper towels, moist towelettes, towels, bleach, plastic sheeting, and trash bags.

Making sure you can keep hygenic and prepare food in a sanitary fashion is vital.

More Tools: health insurance information and important phone numbers, extra set of house and car keys, maps of the area, multitool, duct tape, cash, important documents, and a deck of cards or some puzzles.

If you add these items to your emergency essentials, you’ll be glad. Having these at your fingertips can make things less stressful.

What else can I do to prepare?

  1. Make sure you revisit your plan and maintain the supplies in your Emergency Essentials kit.
  2. Learn about emergencies that may happen where you live.
  3. Figure out how you can receive emergency warnings and alerts.
  4. Take an emergency preparedness course.

Conclusion

Now that you know what items you can include in your emergency essentials kit, you are well on your way to be ready for whatever happens. Survival depends on the basics, like food, water, and shelter. If you have planned ahead and can supply these things for yourself, you can weather the storm of a variety of emergencies.