Home Emergency Kit

Prepare Your Home

With busy schedules and changing forecasts, you may not have the time to secure essential emergency items if dangerous weather moves in suddenly.  Hopefully, you may already have many items on-hand.  If not, take some time to prepare and organize a Home Emergency Kit for you and your family.  Household emergency items should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days, without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist...

  • Water, water, and more water.  Assume one gallon of water, per person, per day. 
  • Foods that do not require cooking or refrigeration are best. Include high energy foods such as dried fruit and granola bars.
  • Battery-powered radio.
  • Battery-powered clock.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries.  Refrain from using/relying on candles.
  • Extra medications. 
  • Any special items for babies, the disabled or elderly.
  • Extra water in clean containers.
  • First-aid kit
  • Non-prescription drugs and personal sanitary items.
  • Blankets and cold-weather clothing.
  • Extra socks, hats, and gloves or mittens for each family member.
  • Boots
  • Cell phone.
  • Pet supplies.

You can further help yourself and loved ones by winterizing your home.  If able, insulate your walls and attic, caulk and weatherize your doors and windows, and either install storm windows or cover your windows with plastic.  

Have emergency heating equipment (fireplaces, wood burning stoves or space heaters) and ample fuel so you can keep at least one room of your house warm. Always, always, always ensure proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning... and never, never, never use an outdoor grill to heat your home or cook food indoors.  

And always remember 9-1-1.  Do not hesitate to call in an emergency.