Home Survival Kits: Are You Ready for Emergencies at Home?


Parents pride themselves on keeping themselves prepared for the unexpected, and one of the ways to accomplish this is by purchasing or assembling a home survival kit. Home survival kits can lessen the severity of an emergency situation in the event of loss of power, gas, water or heat. Though few people likely think of camping out in their own living room, disasters (natural and man made) can provide just such an opportunity.

A home survival kit must can be prepared by answering the basic questions of who, what, where, when, why, and how. The first question to be asked is who will be relying on this home survival kit. Commercially available kits typically will serve the needs of a family of four for three days. Who relies on the survival kit will help determine what will be added to it taken into consideration special needs. Infants need formula and diapers, people on medications need a supply (e.g. insulin, blood pressure medication). Children as well as parents may need a deck of cards or games to stay entertained.

In addition to what the home survival kit contains it is important that everyone who will need access to this kit know where it is stored, be it a stairwell closet, garage, or a shed. It should be readily accessible in the event of an emergency so should not fall behind tools, bikes, or stowed behind seasonal gear. Like smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, a home survival kit should be checked every six months or so to ensure that everything is still in working order, batteries are charged, and food supplies are within their expirations.

There are several reason why a home disaster kit is a must have accessory. It is another way to keep yourself and those you care about safe and out of harm’s way. A good kit is versatile for a number of disasters such as snowstorms, windstorms, earthquakes and floods. It can be expected in life that the unexpected will happen.

The last important question to resolve is to be sure to know how to utilize the supplies in your home survival kit. Many of the items in a typical survival kit accommodate for the lack of water and sewage, electricity, heat and electric and other utilities commonly taken for granted. Using a commode in place of a toilet or purifying water before drinking it might take some getting used to, but a home survival kit will provide a modest level of comfort to a situation where most modern comforts have been reduced.

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