Home Emergency Kits: Do You Need One?

Home Emergency Kits: Do You Need One?

Life is unpredictable. Unfortunately, bad things happen – and when they do, the best is to be prepared. Home emergency kits: do you need one?

A home emergency kit prepares you and your household from unforeseen events. It is a short term survival essential that everyone in your home needs to know about.

Insider says that you don’t immediately know what to do when an emergency strikes. It is partially because you may be in shock or an urgent situation in which you need emergency supplies.  If this happens to you, it is essential to have anything and everything readily available.. 

A home emergency kit is easy to prepare once you know what is necessary. A large and easy-to-carry bin can work for your necessities. You will need a first aid kit, water, flashlight, and medical equipment catered to your family member or pet needs. 

Multiple bins can create order in times of emergency. For example, a compartment specifically for food, hardware, etc. Two home emergency kits can work. You could keep one to use at home and another that is mobile. 

Whether you decide to have a home emergency kit is up to you, but here are some essential items to consider if you go forward with setting up an emergency kit at home. 


Food, Water and Firsthand Essentials

When it comes to water storage, a maximum of three litres of water per person can last for four days. Ensure that you pack in non-perishable food, a can opener, cutlery and cooking equipment. If you don’t use your emergency kit for a year, check and replace each item.

Rubbish bags, sturdy gloves, weather-resistant blankets or sleeping bags, and face and dust masks are vital to your kit. 


Battery-free Torch and Radio

A battery-free three-LED bulb torch is one of the best torches to purchase for your home emergency kit. The torch is powered by solar energy and hand crank technology (your muscle power is used to make electric power and result in visible light).

Cranking a torch for one minute can give you 10 minutes of light. One hour of light requires six minutes of cranking. 

A torch is beneficial with a built-in carabiner clip.  The clip attaches easily to the outside of your backpack and can get access to solar charging. 

Widespread outages may remove access to your television, internet or phone calls for updates. A hand-crank radio allows you to tune into crucial broadcasts. 


First Aid Kit

First aid kits are available as compact carrying bags, made with clear plastic pockets for quick and easy access. Inside your first aid kit is usually a variety of the following supplies: 

  •  Bandages
  •  Tapes
  •  Sponges
  •  Pads
  •  Sterilised wipes
  •  Gloves
  • Essential medical tools



Your kitchen may not be reliable in a power outage to heat food, but matches kept in a waterproof container are. In a genuine emergency outside of your home, the matches come in handy to light fires for cooking meals. 

A smart trick is to double your waterproof container to hold matches and a roll of toilet paper.


A Helpful Bracelet

There are specific bracelets designed with features for people who get lost in unfamiliar areas. The design consists of a small compass, an emergency whistle, a built-in flint fire starter and an emergency knife. 

Over three metres of military-grade paracord is unravelled when the bracelet is cut. 



You may not know when your next proper bath or shower occurs. But a small pack of essential toiletries needs space in a home emergency kit. Simple toiletries include toilet paper, wipes, soap, hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste.  These are considered the bare minimum of toiletries to pack in your kit.


Sealed Important Documents

Your passport, birth and marriage certificate, as well as your will, can be photocopied and placed in your home emergency kit. Some people keep the original version of those important documents too. 

Other important documents to keep in your kit include: 

  •  Your house, life, health and car licence and insurance papers. 
  • Records of medical care, pension or personal identification cards, and immunisations also hold significance.


  • Emergency contact numbers and photographs or memory sticks with personal data.


Plastic Zip Ties And Duct Tape

Plastic zip ties can assist you in an emergency, especially if you want to close garbage bags to stop contamination. 

A home emergency kit is not complete without double-thick adhesive tape.  It must be strong enough to attach to rough and uneven surfaces but practical enough to rip off with your hand. The tape is weather-resistant and endures moisture, UV rays and intense temperatures. 


Research Other Kits

Not everyone is going to have the same home emergency kit.  Everyone has different needs. You must research different home emergency kits and create a kit that meets your needs.


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