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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 

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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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