Creating a home emergency kit can be a simple task and will pay dividends into the future. Having the right stuff on hand is essential to easing your stress level. But don’t forget to tell family members where your emergency kit/stockpile is and the location of the circuit breaker, the water and gas shutoff valves.
First, run through the potential or reasonable situations for your area of the country and consider the size of your home and how much storage space you have available.
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Here are 5 other important things to stock-up on now in your winter emergency kit!
Batteries and flashlights
Having extra batteries in a variety of sizes (most commonly double or triple A) on hand is a great way to stay prepared. Batteries power many things you might need from clocks, to smoke alarms, to flashlights and much more. If the power goes out, you’ll want to have plenty of flashlights on hand, at least one for each family member. LED flashlights are very efficient and can be purchased for a relatively low price.
Alternative heat sources
Keeping warm is essential during the winter months for your home to stay comfortable and safe. Although wearing layers and blankets can help a ton, it’s also a good idea to have an alternative source of heat on hand. Fireplaces or kerosene space heaters are options if they are operated properly until the central heating system is restored.
It’s important to make sure these back-up heating sources are clean and operational beforehand. Give your chimney a professional cleaning before using it and do a trial run of any portable heaters. Go through the proper usage instructions with everyone in the house as well.
Tools/materials for emergency repairs
It’s smart to plan for minor home repairs that can happen during the winter months, like a tree branch falling and breaking a window. Have the basics, like heavy duty duct tape, salt or sand, plastic sheeting and a basic tool set on hand for those accidents that could happen around the house.
Because phone lines can be damaged by winds and ice, it’s important to always keep your cell phone charged at all times. Have a car charger and battery powered charger on hand in case of an extended power outage. If your home service is generally spotty, sending a SMS message typically works better.
Items for the pantry
A good winter practice is to get into the habit of shopping ahead. When you are buying your weekly groceries, grab a couple extra non-perishable things to gradually stock up the pantry. Remember to rotate canned goods and bottle waters to keep items as fresh as possible. Here are some other things to consider having on hand during the winter.
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