Last Updated on March 5, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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Do you have a home family safety kit? You never know when disaster will strike or when there will be an emergency in the greater community. It’s best to be prepared rather than need to run to the store for supplies when an emergency strikes.
Home Family Safety Kit
Because we live in a rural area, we’ve put a lot of thought into our home family safety kit. When bad weather or an emergency strikes, we can’t walk to the store for supplies. And, there may be times when we don’t want to want to leave the safety of your home
If roads become impassable for weather reasons or because trees are down, we can be stuck where we are for quite some time. When that happens, I want to make sure we have what we need to be safe in our home.
What should be a family emergency kit?
When you’re putting together a home family safety kit, you have two scenarios that you can prepare for. If you plan on leaving your home, you need to be sure that you have at least three days’ worth of supplies. If you plan on preparing to stay in your home during the emergency, you should have at least two weeks’ worth of supplies on hand.
Home family safety kit list
- Food and water
- First-aid supplies
- Warm and/or dry clothing
- Pet supplies
- Light, heat and/or cooking supplies
What should be in a 72-hour kit?
If you plan on leaving your home to get away from an emergency, you will need to bring everything that you need with you. Ideally, this will be prepared ahead of time and you’ll have space in your car for the supplies. Creating a bug out bag is a wonderful way of keeping the basics on hand for a prompt departure. Everyone in your home should have their own bug out bag and know where it is.
Home family safety kit extras for kids
Children don’t always adjust to changes in their routines. And, they may not enjoy a long car ride or not being able to go outside or to visit their friends. Be sure that you prepare for them to be bored. If the power goes out and they cannot watch television or play their favorite video games, you want to have alternatives for them. Stock up on card games, new books, board games, and other things you know they’ll enjoy if they can’t do what they’re used to doing.
What are the top 10 survival items for bugging out?
If you are planning on leaving your home (or bugging out), you should at the very least have these items on hand.
- First aid kit
- Water bottle with purification tablets or filter
- Flashlight and batteries
- Matches or a lighter in a waterproof container
- Solar blankets
- Emergency or rape whistle
- Signal mirror for fire-starting or emergencies
- Cell phone and charger including solar charger
- Maps of the area you are heading toward and through
Emergency kit list for your home
If you are staying at home (or sheltering in place), you still need to be prepared. Plan on having everything you need to stay at home for at least two weeks. That means you won’t be able to run to the store for batteries, milk, your prescriptions or bottled water.
- Shelf-stable food that does not need refrigeration or cooking. This could include canned baked beans, tuna fish, beef stew, beef jerky, canned fruit, and peanut butter.
- Bottled water
- First aid supplies including prescriptions
- Matches and fire starters if you have a wood stove or fireplace
- Warm blankets
- Solar or battery-powered radio and lanterns
- Pet food, medication, leash, and cat litter
- Flashlights, candles, solar lights, oil lamps
- Cleaning supplies including extra trash bags, bleach, sanitizing wipes, and rubber gloves
- Plastic film and duct tape for your windows
Emergency kit for your car
Do you have a car emergency kit? You never know when an emergency will happen. You may be in the car or at work when it does. For that reason, be sure that you have a mini home family safety kit in your car at all times. You will need to be able to get from where you are to your home in times of emergencies. It may not be possible to stop at a gas station or a store on the way home. So, be sure that you have snacks, water, a change of clothes, a cell phone charger, and a first aid kit at the very least.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.