Home Emergency Supplies

How to Plan for Home Emergencies


Starting with the mild emergencies, like lights out! Candles, white candles in boxes of six that last for eight hours each and you hope you don’t have to use the whole box. However, candles should definitely be a part of your home emergency supplies. In areas where squally weather exists on an ongoing basis you should stock up. Likewise with your food supplies, it is always a good idea to have a spare supply of non-perishable provisions stored somewhere in the home. Then, if your power goes out and you depend upon electricity for your food preparation you will at least have a food supply you don’t have to cook. Preferably stored, at higher levels if you happen to live in an area prone to flood.

Home emergency supplies can involve several different types of emergencies. First aid for instance. Every pharmacy, supermarket or department store sells home emergency kits; from a small Band-Aid and bandage kit, to an extensive full-blown medical supply kit. Medical emergencies might involve serious asthma attacks, in which case you would need appropriate supplies on hand. Household accidents occur quite unexpectedly and can be taken care of adequately if you have the correct supplies. Emergency burn supplies should be available for instance, unless it is extreme and requires hospital attention, in which case an ambulance should be called for immediately.

Home emergency supplies should be taken seriously by all. Unfortunately, they are not. It doesn’t take much to get together a few necessities that would see you through an emergency, no more time in fact than preparing for a vacation. The sort of supplies that should be available in an emergency are first aid, food, water or appropriate liquids, bedding, warm clothing, shoes, and communication access such as a cell phone. Walky Talky access for the children, and adults alike.

Other home emergency supplies should always include fire extinguishers; one in the kitchen and one close to any other location where there might be open flames, i.e. fireplace or woodstove and the barbecue. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to operate the extinguisher. Warn children it isn’t a thing to be played with and educate them on the dangers if used inappropriately, but also the advantages of using the equipment properly.

All members of the family should understand certain safety rules. If there are siblings, each should be taught how to care for the younger ones in an emergency if adult supervision becomes unavailable. Children should be shown where home emergency supplies are kept and how to operate certain pieces of equipment.

Coleman lamps, or stoves for cooking should be available if there is no other option. Camping gear is very good for emergency use if stored in an accessible location. Having a pack for each member of the family with the necessities such as toothbrush, toothpaste, water bottle full of water, washcloth, towel, dried food packages, change of clothes and a warm blanket, and the name on each pack is imperative. If there is an infant involved specific requirements such as diapers, formula, bottled baby food, and any type of medication required such as teething or cold medication, several changes of clothing and warm blankets should especially be included.