Wether it's a prolonged power outage or a world crippling pandemic - it's better to be prepared with some home essentials rather than face the discomfort of uncertainty, scarcity, and fear.
We've scoured the web for resources and information to compile the most up to date and complete list possible of the stuff you might need for your home survival kit and compiled it into a simple checklist. Who doesn't love checklists, right?!
1. Chlorine bleach and dropper (pipette) for water purification
2. Water purification tablets
3. Extra jugs or barrels for filling with potable water
4. Can opener
5. Two-week food supplies (see Emergency Food Supplies list)
6. A garden (even a small one)
7. Cash and spare change
8. traveler's checks
9. Extra barrel of gas/diesel
10. Extra cooking fuel, propane
11. Matches, lighters, lighter fluid refill
12. Refill or buy extra heating fuels for your home
13. USB Solar charger and battery bank
14. Condition specific medications for 90-120 days
15. Face masks, respirators n95
16. Feminine hygiene items
17. First aid kits (see First Aid Supplies list)
18. Hand sanitizer or disposable disinfecting towelettes
19. Laundry detergent
20. Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorants, etc.)
21. Rubbing alcohol
22. Extra Soap
23. Toilet Paper
25. Trash bags
26. Vinegar (DIY surface cleaning)
27. Specific supplies for your children, if any
28. Nightlock or other door/window securing hardware
29. Pepper spray to deter and delay assailants
30. Plywood covers for windows
31. Sandbags, empty (provided you have a sandbox nearby)
32. Shatter-resistant window film
33. Fire extinguisher or two
35. Flashlights and extra batteries, battery chargers
36. Manually propelled means of transportation
37. Wood cutting saws or axes + sharpening tool (might not apply in an urban setting)
38. Work gloves + protective gear
40. Board games
42. Playing cards, UNO, etc.
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For your convenience, we've excluded a few items that you should already have at home and only tried to list the things that might not necessarily come to mind.
While you can't possibly prepare your home for every possible emergency scenario out there - you should at least cover the basic supplies of food and water. We firmly believe that in today's interconnected world humans come to each other's aid no matter the circumstances and eventually things will go back to normal again. Perhaps a slightly new normal, but not a dystopian, apocalyptic normal nonetheless.
Sources: FEMA (www.ready.org), The Red Cross (www.redcross.org), and The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) and others. NOTE: Sorted by categories in no particular order of importance.
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