Emergency Preparedness – What’s in Your Emergency Kit?
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Emergency preparedness is something every family should give some thought to periodically. From severe thunderstorms in the spring to heavy snowstorms in the winter, we’re all at risk for emergency situations. To be honest I didn’t really ever worry much about being prepared for natural disasters or weather incidents until recently.
The tornado we had in Ottawa this year really hit home for me. As I watched and worried about several good friends in the Ottawa region, I realized my family isn’t prepared enough for emergencies in general. That got me thinking about preparing an emergency kit and supplies just in case something should happen. I’ve done a bit of research into this lately and I have prepared most of the items on this list to keep my family comfortable during emergency situations that would otherwise be miserable and potentially unsafe.
Emergency Preparedness Supplies
It’s important to have all the essentials on hand and ready to go in your home in case of an emergency. These essential supplies keep your family safe and healthy, allowing you to better ride out the emergency situation until things like power and water can be restored – or in an extreme emergency, until rescue arrives. While all emergency preparedness kits will be a little different based on where you live, I’ve put together the core supplies that everyone should have in their homes for emergency situations.
In case of flooding or lack of running water, having bottled water on hand is key. Bottled water keeps you hydrated in the face of lack of water or contaminated water. Keep a few cases in the home to give you enough clean drinking water to last about a week.
It’s important to keep a supply of non-perishable foods in the home, as well. Canned, boxed, and bagged ready to eat food items are an essential part of any emergency preparedness plan.
Keep a healthy supply of batteries in your emergency area, as well. These will be used to power radios and flashlights.
Portable Phone Chargers
In addition to batteries, keep a few fully-charged portable phone charger banks in your kit, as well. In case of a power outage, you’ll need those to help you stay in touch with family, friends, and possibly rescue officials.
A Home Generator
One of the best emergency preparedness items to have for your home is a generator. In addition to stocking up on emergency supplies, we now have a Champion power generator, and I already feel so much safer. Depending on the size of the generator you have, you may not have to worry about many of the problems families face in emergency situations. For example, with our generator, I know that I won’t have to worry about food going bad or any of the other problems that come with a full-on power outage.
Champion Power Generator
We have a Champion power generator. Champion has a great reputation, and they made it easy to find the right size for us. Generators come in a variety of sizes, from small to power specific items to large enough to power an entire home. For example, according to their website, the smallest recommended size for home use is 3000 to 4000 watts, and that’s only for powering smaller appliances. For larger appliances or whole-house use, the sizes go up. 5000 to 9000 watts is recommended for powering air conditioning or several appliances at once, for example. We used the Champion generator size calculator to determine the size right for us, and it was super easy.
Emergency Preparedness is Easier with a Generator
We have a fully stocked emergency preparedness kit in our home now. It’s complete with batteries, non-perishable food, water, and more. What really gives me peace of mind, though, is our Champion power generator. With the generator in place, I know we’ll be able to power everything we need in case of a power outage, which means I don’t have to worry about food going bad, not having light, or any of the other difficulties that go with being without power.
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I have won a 72 hour emergency kit so I have that, but this gift card would be great to stock up on batteries and candles
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I have a good first aid kit, an emergency blanket, whistle, etc. But I wouldn’t call it a proper emergency kit.
I did make one and I have a flashlight, a little radio, a flare and a water bottle.
We have the basics but should probably expand on it. We have batteries, matches, water, and a first aid kit.
I do have a kit with first aid box,can opener,radio,flash lights, batteries and blankets and water.
I don’t exactly have an emergency kit, but I have a spot in my basement with some of what would be in it sitting together.
We have a flashlight and blanket!!! Thanks!
I don’t really have one.
It is crazy but no I do not have and emergency kit. Living in Northern Ont. I really should.
Yes, I have food, pet food, clothing, batteries, candles.
We have flashlights,candles,matches.Water and dry food dry food emergency preparedness kit plus a first aid kit
We have a small kit with a flashlight, batteries, candles and matches. I know I need a better one though.
I don’t have an emergency kit at all, I know I should
Jennifer Ann Wilson
I do not have an emergency kit but I will be putting one together soon.
I don’t have one , but I have to put one together
I don’t have an emergency kit, but I do have things for a kit (flashlights, blanket, etc)
We have a kit with a flashlight, crank radio, candles, blanket, granola bars and bottles water.
I have a flashlight, blanket, energy bars, gloves and a shovel during the winter.
I have most everything for an emergency but not in in a kit. I need to get my act together.
we actually do not have an emergency kit but totally should have one !
don’t have one yet – thanks for the reminder.
I have some stuff but not everything
I have a really big emergency kit with food, water, medical supplies, clothing and a lot more
I don’t have an emergency kit put together!
We have water, canned food, radio , candle and matches. We also have a Champion generator, fortunately since we bought it, we haven’t had to use it.
With all the unpredictable weather happening everywhere we really need to prepare ourselves for at least 72 hours.We have a kit and update when needed!
I agree with that very much! The weather is extremely unpredictable and that’s a whole other post for sure.
all I real have is a first aid kit and flashlights
We have a flashlight, candles, canned foods, water and extra blankets.
I do have a small kit but can always us ea more involved one.
I don’t have one but I keep extra canned/non-perishable goods in the cupboards at all times, bottled water on hand, and I have an emergency lantern plus a couple emergency candles that are in waterproof tins with matches and a metal portion that attaches to make them into little stoves.
Yes! We have ready to go bags for each person in the family. Our in house emergency supplies could be grouped a bit better, but a lot of it comes from our camping equipment. Our kit includes a crank radio, but I’d like to add a crank cellphone charger, they sell one at Lee Valley.
A couple tips.. if you are planning to use dried food, make sure you have enough potable water for that too, not just drinking. Have a supply of any medications your family members would need in your kit. Think about pets! The City of Ottawa has great checklists for this purpose available in multiple languages. ottawa.ca/areyouready
That is excellent advice Allison! Thanks!
I know what I would like to have in it, but, no, I do not have one yet. I would like some shelf stable food, water, thermal blankets, etc
I don’t really have an emergency preparedness kit.
I have a flash light and some band aids ,not much else .
I have a 72 hour emergency kit for 1 person. I need to get another one.
WE do have one with a first aid kit. can opener, portable radio, batteries and blankets and water
We actually do not have an emergency preparedness kit. I’ve never eeally thought about making one but with all the environmental disasters happening lately, I guess I should get on it.
Don’t really have a proper one
I don’t have one but given all that is happening in the world I probably should get one together.
The power goes out here on a regular basis, so we have candles but thats about it. Not much you can do if its -40C outside and you have no fireplace…in that temp, the pipes will freeze and you had better hope you have some decent insurance for that.
I have a crank radio, water, matches, candle and a few other items!
We don’t have an emergency preparedness kit. We’ve talked about putting one together, but just keep putting it off.
I have an emergency kit for my cat and dog with food, blankets, carriers, treats, litter with a box and everything else they might need.
We have a flashlight and candles always handy.
Batteries and a radio are certainly handy items to have.
I have not kit made at all, I have flashlights and candles in the house
I have an outdated one in my car but I don’t have one in the house. I should get a new one for both places
I have the basics a flashlight, radio and heavy duty plastic.
Just a flashlight eek!
I actually don’t have a kit at all. Especially with kids in the house I should have one, it’s so important.
We keep meaning to make an emergency preparedness kit, but haven’t to date.
We just have flashlights and lots of bottled water.
We have a first aid kit, candles, flashlights, granola bars, water and a few other things.
I ave most of the items for a kit, but they’re not all together.
I have flashlights and extra batteries
Don’t have a proper one just bandaids and such.
I usually have a flashlight and bottled water on hand.
I don’t have an emergency kit, but it’s definitely something that I should put together.
Currently we just have water, candles, flashlights and extra batteries in our emergency kit.
I have a flashlight and a radio.
I don’t have one but have flashlights, candles and radios handy
My emergency kit is not as good as it could be! I have a windup flashlight, batteries, candles and first-aid supplies, but it would be great to expand it with the gift certificate. 😀
I do have some big jugs of water in the basement, but that’s about it!
we have a first aid kit with an emergency blanket and flashlight
I have a meagre kit-only a flashlight!
I have a crank radio/flashlight, canned foods, lighter
Unfortunately my emergency preparedness kit is non existant
I don’t have one but I would love to have a home generator. You just never know when you are going to need one.
Our emergency preparedness kit also contains batteries/ radio/flashlight .
We don’t have a kit but I always have lots of canned goods, batteries, bottled water and flashlights.
We do have a kit and it contains flashlights, heat pads, propane for our cooker, bandaid and disinfectants.
I have an emergency kit but there is always room for improvement as I think of other things we would need.
I need to to put a kit together for the truck, you never know what might happen out there on the road!
I have sleeping bags, clothing, sewing kit
Some protein bars, candles, blankets and warm clothes are in my kit
I only have a flashlight in my kit! EEK!
We have the basics but should probably do some add ons!
I have no emergency kit but I do have flashlights in everyroom
we do have a “go bag” with all sorts of things from candles, flashlights, toilet paper, water packets, some dry food, tarps, etc.
Good reminder to go through it and update it though, thank you!
I have flashlights, a blanket and water purification pills in my kit, and many other things besides.
I don`t have an emergency kit!! I should definitely get on that! I do have lots of candles and flashlights around.
I have a light, tape and batteries.
Ugh – we do not have one set up yet
We do have an emergency preparedness kit but in particular we have trouble making sure it is supplied with water.
Sadly we do not have one, and I know we should have one but I keep forgetting to pick one up.
I have 3 different kinds of tape, first aid kit and socks
our kit needs updating, as far as the food items and fresh batteries. we have our basic first aid kit
Unfortunately my emergency preparedness kit has yet to be started
We just added an emergency blanket to our kit!
Terrible- we don’t have one yet!
I only have a flashlight, candles and batteries
I have a flashlight, tape, batteries and a radio.
Sadly, I only have a flashlight in my kit!
I do, but it could be better.
We have a First Aid Kit, flashlight and batteries, blankets, water, wind-up radio, matches and candles. My hubby is in charge of keeping us up to date!
We keep a flashlight with extra batteries , a pen and paper , some canned goods , first aid kit ,things like that
I need to get one. I keep saying that but never do so I really need to get my but in gear and get one.
we have a spot for flashlights and candles but that is about it.
We do have a preparedness kit but I think we can do better with what is on it (flashlight, water, canned good and first aid kit).
I have wipes – oatmeal – dried products
one in the truck and one in the house … things like flashlights, candles, waterproof matches,bottles of water, dried goods, medical supplies, extra medications
I have a small kit in the home, but I still have to make one for the truck!
I love reading the comments because they give me ideas on items I should add to my kit and ne I see today is a can opener,which I will add !
we do not have any emergency kit set up
eI only have a few items like a flashlight and a radio.
we do have a first aid and a basic quake kit, however, our food one needs updating, also we need fresh batteries for our flashlights and radio
Sadly I only have a flashlight in mine!
I need to check dates on my emergency kit items to make sure none have expired. Some of the first aid creams and the granola bars do have best before dates.
I have been thinking about putting together an emergency kit for my car.
We do not have an emergency kit.
I really need to get our emergency kit started
I have one, but it’s lacking
I don’t have an emergency preparedness kit but do keep bottled water, lots of non-perishable food items and candles/flashlights on hand.
I’ve got hygiene products, blankets, utensils
I also have pet food and blankets
I do not have an emergency kit made but I do have flashlights, candles and lots of batteries
we live in a region accessible only by ferry so we really need an emergency kit. Ours has a lot of food and water, alcohol, a shotgun, a generator, gas, first aid supplies and more food.
I have a light, radio and tape in a kit.
I have the basics but not really a full emergency kit.
we really dont have one except a flashlight
One of the things we have in our kit is a flashlight.
I have a supply of my prescription medications along with regular first aid supplies
I have one but it could be better
Because we live in the country we always have an emergency kit with all of the basics and a generator especially during the winter! I just need to get new portable phone chargers and new batteries.
I’ve got Toilet paper, Kleenex in my kit
I think that we have a fairly solid emergency kit but I am sure that we need to revisit it and check and make sure.
I hate to say that our kit hasn’t even been started.
Batteries, snacks, wipes, tp
I have added a few flares and blankets!
I hve no emergency kit or plan in place
Sadly, I only have a flashlight in my emergency kit!
It’s so important for everyone to have an emergency kit or two! I need to really update mine
i need to update ours with some fresh batteries for flashlight and radio
we have lots of bottled water and dry goods.
I always have a blanket in my car.
We have blankets in our emergency kit.
Yes I have one but it’s sorely lacking
I don’t have one *hangs head in shame*.
I have rain ponchos, oatmeal and dried products
I have a mini one in my car but it’s very old and should be updated and I have a first aid box in the house but that’s it.
I have a kit for the home, but would like to make one up for the truck!
We have matches and a BBQ lighter in our emergency kit.
to be honest I am not that prepared.
I have not prepared but do have flashlights, candles and batteries
there is a flashlight and glow stick in mine
We always have a small stockpile of non perishable food items on hand just in case we needed it.
I have one, but is not not great
A little radio would also be good to add!
My emergency preparedness kit is lacking. As in it hasn’t been started.
we also have a solar powered radio, a battery radio and lots of extra batteries
I’ve got a tent and vitamins
My kit has water, tinned food, manual can opener, utility knife, lights that attach to our heads (so they come with us)
We have a kit with essentials like water, food and candles. Other stuff we might need such as blankets, sleeping bags, propane and camp stove is all easy to grab as camping stuff is in one spot.
I have to report that we do not have a kit started yet.
We have the basics but should probably add more items !
I only have a flashlight in mine!
I only have a few flashlights, candles and batteries
we do have a kit, but certain things need replacing, i like to have mre meals ready
I have one that’s not very good.
We have canned meat and a can opener in our emergency kit.
Quite honestly, had a spring flood in our basement. Had to rip up all the carpet and clean the walls. The flashlight, batteries and other essentials were used and not replenished. Time to restock the Emergency Kit that we assembled. Not at the bells and whistles, time to revisit.
we keep a warm blanket in our kit
we have some of those shiny silver blankets, canned food, energy bars and lots of water..
I have special straws that can be used in any type water and a flint striker
I have a 72 hour kit
Blankets and gloves during the winter months
We have batteries, matches,dry food, water, and a first aid kit.
I do not have a kit prepared but I do have flashlights, candles and batteries and first aid kits
We do not have an emergency preparedness kit but one of our kitchen cabinet is dedicated to storing first aid kits, candles, batteries and matches.
We have matches, candles, flashlight, batteries, and a glow stick in ours
My emergency preparedness kit has yet to be started!
The one I have could be better
One of the things in our emergency kit is a rain poncho.
I don’t have a whole emergency kit but am thinking I should get one.
I’ve got water proof matches and a whistle
I have flashlights and batteries!
We have extra batteries in our emergency kit.
Flashlight and shovel
I do have flashlights, candles, batteries and wooden matches but they are not in a kit
I do have one but it needs much improvement
I know that we have one but your post has me wanting my hubby to review it. I think that it has been a while…
Miss R is busy building the emergency preparedness kit and making sure it ready for Christmas!
I have one started and slowly getting what I need, so far we have a emergency tent, water drinks , batteries for head amps, compass, paracorde bracelet , some emergency stuff like bandaids etc, some tea lights , fire starters,bunch of other stuff lo
We have a generator, well and lots of food 🙂
I don’t have an actual kit although I do have some of the necessary items.
unfortunately i don’t have one. i only have a flashlight nearby and bottled water
I have a Can opener, batteries, candles
We have a small amount of cash in our kit for emergencies. No power means no bank machines.
we added a can opener, canned food, dried food, put matches in a watrproof container
First aid kit and extra clothes
We need to add an emergency blanket.
no kit but do have batteries, flashlights and wooden matches
we keep talk about making one but haven’t and really need to do it!
I don’t have one but I should make up one. This post is really helpful!
Julie – Super! Thanks for reading.
I do have one, but sure could use a better one.
I don’t actually have a kit but have a flashlight, candles, batteries. This is a good reminder.