It’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit ready in case of a natural disaster or other emergency situation. Remember to periodically check your kit and rotate out expired items, refresh your water supply and make any necessary updates to your kit based on your family’s needs. By taking the time to prepare now, you can help ensure you and your family are ready for an emergency situation. Here are some essential items you should include in your home earthquake/emergency kit. —Vita Daily
Water: Plan for at least one gallon of water per person per day. Store enough water for at least three days.
Non-perishable food: Include canned foods, energy bars, and other non-perishable items that do not require refrigeration. Make sure to rotate the food out every six months.
First-aid kit: Include bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive tape, pain relievers, scissors, and other basic medical supplies.
Flashlights and batteries: Have at least one flashlight per person, along with extra batteries. Consider getting a hand-crank flashlight in case batteries run out.
Radio: A battery-powered or hand-crank radio can help you stay informed about the situation outside.
Whistle: Use a whistle to signal for help if you are trapped or need assistance.
Cash: Keep some cash on hand in case ATMs and credit card machines are not working.
Personal documents: Keep important documents like identification, passports and insurance policies in a waterproof container.
Blankets and warm clothing: Include blankets and warm clothing in case the temperature drops.
Sanitary supplies: Include toilet paper, wet wipes and garbage bags for personal sanitation.
Tools: Include a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, and a can opener.
Extra batteries: Make sure to include extra batteries for any devices you have in your kit.
Personal hygiene items: Include soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other personal hygiene items.
Maps: Keep local maps in your kit in case GPS and other navigation systems are not working.