The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 48% of Americans do not have emergency supplies.
Building a basic emergency kit for evacuation or home orders will help keep your family safe. (Having the right homeowners insurance also helps to give you peace of mind.)
You may already know the basic 31 items that should be present in every home emergency kit . But when it comes to survival rates, one size does not fit all. Here are five different ways to customize yours so that you are prepared for any weather.
Emergency power failure kit
When the power is turned off, food and safety are immediately concerned. (Read more about how to deal with a power outage .) If a power outage is two hours or less, do not worry about losing your perishable food. an unopened refrigerator keeps food cold for about four hours. Here are some useful things to have on hand:
- Cheap Styrofoam Coolers preserve food when packed with ice .
- Digital Quick Response Thermometers monitor the internal temperatures of your food to ensure that it remains cold enough to consume.
- Generators are especially important if you live with someone who is dependent on electrically powered, life-threatening equipment. (Read our list of 9 things to know if you have a spare generator . )
- Flashlights provide safety by guiding you through a dark house and preventing fires from light .
Emergency kits for winter storms
During a nasty winter storm, it is a priority to stay warm and safe. Make sure you have these safety items:
- Sand, rock salt or non-clumpy litter makes walkways and steps less slippery.
- Warm coats, gloves, mittens, hats, boots, extra blankets and warm clothes are essential for all household members.
- Fireplaces or wood or coal fires provide the necessary alternative heat. Professional tip: Regardless of which heat source you use, keep a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher in the same room as it is in. Read more in our guide to safe home heating.
Emergency kits for hurricanes and floods
Hurricanes and floods often mean evacuation. Have these extra things on hand so that you are ready to travel on the road if needed:
- Tools and supplies to secure your home.
- Emergency blanket (s), extra clothing, hats, sturdy shoes and rain gear help protect your family from extreme weather conditions.
- Insecticides and sunscreens can be useful if you can not be protected.
- Area Maps help you navigate out of the area, especially if cell service is not available.
- Extra set of car keys and house keys can be used if a set is lost during the evacuation or if you and other household members split up.
- Camera for photos of injuries.
If you're confident enough to withstand the storm but during a hurricane or flood guard, here's how to prepare.
- Fill plastic bottles you have on hand with clean water to drink. Learn more about how to store drinking water during a natural disaster.
- Fill bathtubs and sinks with water to keep your household running. Never drink or bathe small children in the seated water, as lead can leak from the glaze into the bathtub and sink into water stored in them. Use this water to clean the floor, wash and flush the toilet.
- Fill your car with petrol if you need to evacuate later.
- Make sure your food and water are safe in case of flooding. Flooding water can be contaminated with waste or other contaminants that can lead to disease. Throw away food and beverages and anything you use to eat and drink that has come in contact with floodwaters (even if only a little), including preserves, water bottles, plastic utensils and pacifier pacifiers. The Red Cross says: "When you are unsure, throw it away!"
Emergency Preparations for Tornadoes
Tornadoes can form quickly. While your basic emergency kit covers your basic needs, it is also important to take these major steps well in advance to be protected:
- Strengthen existing garage doors to improve wind resistance, especially double-width garage doors. ] Determine a safe space within your home where everyone knows to meet when tornado bells or warnings appear. Basements are the best place to protect. Your next safest option is the lowest level for a sound construction in a hall or an area without windows. According to the American Red Cross, motorhomes are never safe during tornadoes. It is best to get robust protection immediately.
- Always wear a seat belt if you have to drive your car during a tornado and towards safety.
Emergency equipment for forest fires
In wildfires, experts recommend having supplies to stay at home for up to two weeks. If you have to evacuate, however, it is recommended that you have three days of deliveries on hand ̵
- Portable air purifiers work best when run continuously with closed doors and windows.
- Water sources outside your home such as a small pond, cistern, well or pool should be identified and maintained so that they can be easily accessed if needed to combat flames.
- Collect tools such as a rake, ax, hand saw or chainsaw, bucket and shovel that you can use as a fire tool before rescue personnel arrive.
- Clean roofs and gutters regularly . Dry, loose debris can spell trouble if sparks fly. See what else can happen if you do not clean your gutters.
- Hold a long garden hose that can reach all parts of your home and other structures on the property.
- Install outdoor outlets
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- Clearly mark your house number or address where fire engines need to enter your property.
Printable emergency checklist
Want a handy printable? Check out these American Red Cross PDF checklists for the following disasters: power outages winter storms hurricanes floods  tornadoes wildfires .
Looking after you
Emergencies can be stressful, but you can be sure that you are prepared with the right tools at hand. When you are at ERIE, you can rest assured that your local agent is here to provide some kindness even on the most difficult day.
For more than 95 years, we have been committed to providing real – time, real – time, empathetic, indemnity services. Depending on the size of the storm or the weather, ERIE will deploy our Catastrophe Team to the site to assist our demanding customers. A helping hand and a friendly face are a phone call (or go to the CAT van) away.
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