Disaster preparedness for your home and family isn’t one of those things to be overlooked, and yet, it ends up being one thing that many families only consider creating after a disaster strikes. 283PostsI caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. Of course, that must be taken with a grain of salt, but truly, for those who are prepared emergencies are much less traumatic. Depending on where you live, your emergency might look different from mine, but a basic emergency kit will hold the same things. Small bottles fit best in portable backpacks, but I prefer gallon jugs for the emergency kits stored in our basement and cars. Granola, peanut butter and tuna make great food for an emergency kit, and I especially like individual packages.

As trained professional emergency responders, we have developed many tools to help enhance response times and outcomes of traumatic events. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention¬†and American Red Cross advise families to have a kit that can last them outside of the home for 72 hours, which means that you’ll need three days of food, water and supplies for every member of your family. Tools and documents: Store multiple flashlights, extra batteries, and a multi-tool device in a handy spot on your kit.
First Aid: Pick up a pre-assembled first aid kit equipped with bandages, creams, and ibuprofen.
If home is inaccessible and internet is down, it would be wise to have copies of important paperwork and other information you might find helpful. My family follows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines that suggest households stock a kit at home, in their vehicles and at work.

These kits ensure you always have access to important supplies during natural disasters or evacuations.
For example, homeowners who need to prepare for floods may pack much differently than homeowners preparing for wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes. I always replace my emergency kit batteries when I change the batteries in my smoke detectors.
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