Home emergency supply kit

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A home emergency supply kit is part of self-preparedness for unexpected situations when you cannot access a shop or water or an electricity distribution break lasts for a longer period. Such situations may include, for example, storms, power outages, strikes or illness.

A home emergency supply kit means purchasing a little bit more food and some other daily necessities that you normally use. The home emergency supply kit should guarantee food for several days or even to a week. You should use the goods normally and replace them regularly.

A home emergency supply kit should include for example:

  • Covered, clean containers to store water (water needs are 2l/person/24h, 16l/person/week)
  • first aid kit
  • personal/family necessary medicines
  • household-specific necessities (for families with children for example diapers, children’s food)
  • hygiene necessities
  • radio and flashlight with batteries
  • a bit of cash
  • charged mobile phone batteries and other communication devices (use the cellular car charger, additional power source, etc.)
  • warm clothes and blankets for heat disruptions
  • candles
  • iodine tablets

Other considerations: Consider how and what kind of foods you can prepare in the event of a long power outage.

Home emergency supply kit supplies should include long shelf life items, such as:

  • rice
  • pasta
  • cooking oil
  • fat
  • sugar
  • some dairy products
  • water and other drinks
  • root vegetables
  • various dry products and conserves
  • bread and other cereal products
  • fruits
  • berries
  • vegetables
  • eggs
  • meat and fish products
  • various delicacies
  • Frozen foods can serve as part of a home emergency supply kit; however, in the event of a long power outage, the freezer will thaw and therefore products should be used before they defrost.
Published 2019-02-20 11:04 , updated 2019-02-20 11:04

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