How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit

How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Here in Westchester and Fairfield counties, we are all too familiar with disaster situations – from hurricanes to blizzards to flood damage. Disasters can strike anywhere at any time and cause serious damage in minutes. It’s important to have a fully stocked emergency kit ready in case disaster strikes. Our expert team here at ServiceMaster Superior Cleaning and Restoration Services put together these tips to help you be prepared in an emergency:

Emergency Items:

When it comes to disaster situations, you want to be as prepared as you possibly can be. Use the following list to help you determine what items your family might need in case of a blizzard, hurricane or other disaster striking in your area:

WaterYou should have at least a gallon of water per person per day. We recommend having enough water to last you at least three days.

FoodWe recommend adding at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. It’s important to pick foods that your entire household enjoys and won’t make you thirsty. Try things like canned foods and protein bars. Don’t forget pet food!

First Aid KitOne of the most important items to keep in your emergency kit is a first aid kit. Include things like bandages and antibiotic ointments, as well as pain relievers and medicine for upset stomachs.

Flashlights and BatteriesNo one wants to be stuck in the dark, so make sure you have a couple of flashlights and extra batteries for lighting.

Solar ChargerPack a solar charger in case you need to charge your cell phones to call for help.

RadioKeep a small radio in your kit in case you need it to hear information about the disaster situation or radio for help.

Basic ToolsThrow in a few basic tools to have, just in case. Some helpful tool to have are a can opener, pocket knife and pliers. You may be able to find a multi-tool pocket knife that combines a variety of tools in one.

Personal Items:

Emergency kits are more than flashlights and first aid kits (those are important too!). Be sure you and your family have all your important personal items ready in case of an emergency. Before you gather items to add to the kit, take some time to write out a list of the everyday items necessary for your family’s safety and wellbeing. These items may include:

    • Important medications
    • Copies of important documents (i.e. birth certificates, driver’s licenses, insurance information)
    • Home inventory print out
    • Phone numbers for emergency situations (i.e. insurance agents, animal shelters, non-emergency police numbers)
    • Glasses, contact lens and hearing aid batteries
    • Cash

Creating an emergency preparedness kit today will better prepare you for tomorrow’s risks. If you suffer from a disaster situation and are suffering from storm damage, fire damage or anything in between – you can count on us. Our expert crew here at ServiceMaster Superior Cleaning and Restoration Services is here to help you get back on your feet after a disaster. We are available 24/7 all year long, contact us now to get started!


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