Home Emergency Preparedness Checklist

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Being prepared in case of a home emergency whether it be a blizzard, earthquake, tornado or whatever is important to ensure yours and your family's safety. We're going to take a look at somethings you should include in your home emergency preparedness checklist so you're prepared for whatever disaster may arise.

​Stocking up on Water

bottled water

Having plenty of water on hand is a must. If the power were to ever go out obviously you won't be able to get water from your tap so having plenty of bottled water in stock is something you must have. The average person should drink about 2-3 liters of water a day. This doesn't include water for bathing, washing clothes and dishes either. Typically you can get by with about 2 gallons of water per person a day for an emergency. I recommend stocking anywhere from 30-50 gallons this should be enough to keep a family of 5 going for about 3-5 days. Another thing you may want to consider is investing in some way to purify water so if your stockpile runs dry you can still have a way to get clean drinking water.

Emergency Food Supply

emergency food supply

​Just keeping your pantry fully stocked is often enough to get you by in most home emergencies, but preparing with having the right foods on hand can make things easier and secure your safety a little bit more. Canned goods are great to have at the ready as they last a long time and you can use them in your everyday cooking as well. Other things you can keep in your pantry are dried goods like jerky, fruit and nuts I like to keep a bag of trail mix on hand in my pantry as well. For most short term home emergency situations you'll be able to get by with what's in your pantry simply because the average human can go for weeks with out food. With that said though it's always a great idea to keep extra on hand in case you're stuck in a long term survival scenario.

Have a Game Plan

planning

Being sure that you have a good plan in place during any type of emergency is of high importance. Depending on where you live and the disasters you're likely to face you should have a plan for each. Having plans in place that everyone understands and can carry out is crucial during an emergency and can be the difference between making it out alive and not. After you have your emergency plans set you should do a mock run through of them and make sure everything runs smoothly and do monthly tests to be sure no one has forgotten the plan. Also it never hurts to have a back up plan in case something goes wrong with your original plan and further increases your chance of survival.

Having a checklist and being prepared for any home emergency is extremely important for yours and your family's safety so be sure you have plenty of water, food and a well thought out plan of action. Hopefully you'll take something from this and prepare your home for an emergency and be ready for whatever happens. Thanks for reading and check back soon for even more posts coming soon.

-Brady