How to Make a Home Emergency Kit

October 8, 2016   By The SOE Team

How to Make a Home Emergency Kit

Having an emergency kit for your home during unexpected weather can come in handy. Many types of storms can lead to a loss of electricity and possibly even a loss of water and heat. Remember, when you lose power, you lose light, refrigeration and access to digital media.

Imagine a storms hits, bringing with it tornados, lightning and copious amounts of rain. You haven’t really prepared, as this took you by surprise, but you remember you created an emergency kit. Now you can spring into action and take the appropriate steps to safely ride out the storm.

The essentials

There are a few things that spring to mind when you think of an emergency kit, but there are even more you might forget. FEMA recommends a three-day-supply, at minimum, for all your supplies. Below are some essential items to put in your home emergency kit.


An obvious yet necessary item for your kit. During a flood or similar natural disaster, you’ll more than likely get a boil water advisory. You might even lose access to water completely. We need water to survive. While the storm might only last a few days, it’s best to have enough to keep you and your family going for a week. You should have a gallon of water per person per day. Don’t forget you will need water to flush your toilet too.

Nonperishable food

Your hunger doesn’t turn off when there is bad weather. Items to consider for your emergency food supply could include granola, dried fruit, ready-to-eat canned meats or vegetables, canned juices, nuts and even your favorite snacks. Comfort during stressful times can really help your psyche.

Batteries/battery-powered devices

When your power goes out due to a natural disaster it’s a good call to have extra batteries. You will want to stay up-to-date with the latest weather and news reports, so keeping a battery-powered radio nearby is a must. Flashlights (and D batteries) will become your light source for a while. Place them strategically throughout your house and in your kit. You’ll be glad you did when you find yourself having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

First aid kit

A home emergency kit would be incomplete without first aid products. Bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic, low-dose aspirin, sterile dressing, adhesive cloth tape and hand sanitizer are items to keep on hand. Of course, make sure your prescriptions are filled and easily accessible when you hear about any potential hazardous weather.


If you don’t have access to water, try not to use the clean or bottled water you stocked up on to keep yourself clean. Instead, have body wipes and moist towelettes to keep you clean. You might also want to make sure you have extra garbage bags and surface cleaning wipes for even more sanitation.

Location matters

If you live where it’s cold, or susceptible to seasonal winter weather, then you might want to stock up on a few extra items. A winter storm could leave you and your family without any heat, so be sure to keep sleeping bags and extra blankets in your home. Having dry wood and matches handy if your home has a fireplace is another good idea. Don’t forget to practice fire safety and have a fire extinguisher in case of emergencies.

Time for action

Now that you have a solid understanding of what you might need in case of a disaster, it’s time to get your home emergency kit started. A few extra things to add to your kit are cellphone cables, solar-powered chargers, playing cards, a change of clothes, infant formula, pet food, extra cash and an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen).

  • Remember to always alert your utility when you experience a power outage.