Did you know that the government recommends every home has an emergency kit with food and water to last 3 days? Being prepared by having the right resources on-hand could eliminate a great deal of stress in the event of an emergency.
While there are pre-assembled emergency kits you can buy, you can also put together your own and might already have most of the things you need.
Before you start
Planning for an emergency can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help you through the process:
If you can't buy everything at once, add an item or two to your grocery list each week to gradually build up your emergency kit.
Keep a laminated copy of your checklist with your kit. Use a whiteboard marker to keep track of the items.
Store your emergency kit in a place that is easy to access and let everyone in the house know where it is. You never know when you might need to leave in a hurry.
You may find it easier to sort items into individual backpacks for everyone in your home.
Check your batteries and power bank every 3 months.
Check and replace food and water every 12 months.
If you have pets or young children, ensure you include food and water supplies for them too.
Discuss and make an emergency plan for your household. Having one in place can be a great help so everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency.
These are some of the basics you might need if you can’t access your home or need to leave in a hurry. You might find that there are other things you would like to add to the below, but these should help you make a start:
Food (long-lasting) and drinking water (at least 3 litres per person, per day) for at least 3 days, don’t forget food suitable for babies and children if applicable
Torch (with spare batteries) or a self-charging torch
Radio (with spare batteries)
Mobile phone, charger and power bank
First aid kit and essential medicines
Toilet paper and large rubbish bags
Toiletries – towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary items
Face and dust masks
Water for cleaning and cooking
A can opener
Something to cook with (such as a gas BBQ)
Walking shoes, warm clothes, a raincoat and a sun hat
Blankets or sleeping bags
By sorting these out now, you’ll thank yourself later. Here’s a quick list of a few other items that can be useful in an emergency:
Identification (originals or copies of any birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licences and passports)
Important documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage information)
Precious family photos (or you could have them all stored online)
Don’t forget your pets
If you have pets, there'll be a few more things to add to your emergency kit, for example:
Food (long-lasting) and water for at least 3 days
Photo and description of your pet
First aid kit – your vet may be able to help with supplies
Blanket/bedding, crate and a favourite toy
Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, poo bags, disinfectant, gloves)
If you’d rather buy a pre-assembled emergency kit, there are a number of options available, including the AA’s Grab & Go bags.
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