Disasters can strike while you’re at home, in the office or between the two. An emergency kit will ensure that when something unexpected happens you’ll have the supplies you need to keep yourself and others healthy and safe. 

Your home emergency preparedness kit should contain:  

  • One gallon of water for each family member for three days.
  • Non-perishable food for each family member for three days, and a can opener.
  • Hand-crank or battery-powered flashlight and radio with extra batteries.
  • First aid kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags and any medications or medical supplies your family needs.
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape for broken windows or a leaky roof.
  • Whistle to signal for help.

Consider the needs of your family members and include items like baby or pet supplies, games or two-way radios. Make sure to keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry container and place it somewhere with easy access. 

You should also create an emergency preparedness kit for your car that includes:

  • Spare tire, wheel wench, tripod jack and jumper cables.
  • Tool kit, compass, duct tape and a car phone charger.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and a fire extinguisher.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Reflective triangles and vest and a brightly colored cloth to make your vehicle more visible.
  • First aid kit.
  • Nonperishable food and water for three days.
  • Cold weather items such as a snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, warm clothing, and cat litter for traction and blankets.

Regularly refresh both your home and car kits to ensure all of your supplies are in working order and ready for use.

Planning for emergencies ensures you are never caught unprepared. Knowing how to respond to incidents that may impact your workplace, staying engaged during drills, and creating kits for your home and car are important ways to keep your coworkers, your family and yourself safe. 

Source: Resources are provided by NSC.