One New Year's resolution for 2012 all homeowners should try to do is to create or update their home emergency kits. The safety and well-being of your family could depend on whether or not you have the proper emergency equipment. Whether a storm, earthquake or flood, there are many situations in which an emergency kit will come in handy. So get out that LED flashlight and start assembling your 2012 emergency kit.
To begin, choose a large, sturdy, preferably water- and fire-resistant container to hold the contents. Make sure it has a solid lid and ample room for larger items such as a backup emergency LED lantern. Remember to consider the size of your kit when choosing a place to store it so that you have ample room.
Below is a list of key items you should store in your emergency kit:
LED flashlight. There are several reasons for storing an LED flashlight or LED headlamp in your home emergency kit. The most obvious ones being a power outage that could leave you in the dark, or a situation that requires you to check something in a dark, hard-to-reach part of your home.
Batteries. You will need extra batteries for your LED flashlight, lantern or LED headlamp. If there is room, you could also consider keeping an additional phone battery in your kit.
First aid kit. Keep a small first aid kit with bandages, dressings, gloves and so on. There are many types of first aid kits; do some research online and determine what's best for your needs.
Food. Store only non-perishable, protein-rich canned foods, boxed dinners and powder mixes that will stay good for at least 2-3 years. Make sure to include some cooking utensils and silverware.
Water. This is one of the more essential items for you and your family's survival in an emergency. Keep at least 2 gallons of fresh water stored with your emergency kit at all times.
Cell phone. If you have an old cell phone, keep it fully charged in your emergency kit. That way, even if it is not an active phone, you can make emergency calls with it.
Radio. Keeping a wind-up or battery-powered radio on hand is helpful for receiving emergency alerts.
Fire starters. Be sure to include a box of matches or a few lighters in your emergency kit. You never know when you may need to start a fire to stay warm during an emergency.
LED lantern. For large groups, it helps to have an LED lantern on hand. An LED lantern illuminates a larger area of light than a traditional LED flashlight or headlamp. This is helpful when you need light for the entire room, such as for preparing and eating meals.
Clothing. Every household member should have an extra set of warm clothing in the emergency kit. Throw in blankets, pocket raincoats and extra socks as well.
Depending on where you live and what kind of emergency situations you may be facing, you might need to adjust your home emergency kit accordingly. It's always better to be safe than sorry so be prepared and make sure you have a stocked home emergency kit.
Author: Tom C Huntington
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