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What you need in a home safety kit

Having a go bag ready can be a lifesaver in an emergency.

Flashlights, batteries, and other items for a household safety kit 

All contents should be packed neatly into plastic storage bins or bags that can easily to be transferred from your home to your car if you are forced to evacuate.

Items to include in your kit:

Food and water

  • Water to last each member of your family at least three days—one gallon per day per person.
  • Nonperishable food to last your entire family at least three days. Choose foods that do not require heat to eat safely. Energy bars are a great option.

Personal and medical supplies

  • A fully stocked first aid kit.
  • All prescription medications and over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Include personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, hand towels, soap, deodorant, feminine products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer and diapers.
  • Cleaning supplies and garbage bags.

Safety basics

  • Flashlights.
  • A whistle to signal for help.
  • A battery/crank-powered radio to listen to weather alerts, directions from local authorities, and other catastrophe information.
  • Spare batteries for flashlights and radios.
  • A small toolbox with basic tools and work gloves.

Other essentials

  • Cash - ATMs will not work if the electricity is out.
  • Blankets and extra clothing for each family member.
  • Sturdy shoes for all members of your family to provide adequate protection against glass and other debris.
  • Sleeping bags and a tent.

Supplies for your pets

  • Food and bowls.
  • Water.
  • Leashes.
  • Blanket.
  • Crate.

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