We all know the importance of being prepared, but what percentage of us actually do the prep work? A good way to ask yourself if you are prepared is to assess what you have on hand now. If a disaster struck today or if you lost power for several hours to days, would you be prepared? If the answer is no, use this list to start preparing yourself this week. January can be a great time of year to start a new habit!
Checklist for home –
- Non-perishable food: canned goods, noodles, bars, cereal, dried fruit, nut butter, crackers and other items with a longer shelf life are important to have on hand. If you currently use an electronic can opener, be sure to have a manual can opener too. You should have enough food supply for several days. Check on your inventory every six months. Also, make sure everything you have for an emergency your family will eat.
- Water: Water isn’t just essential for drinking, but can be used for brushing your teeth, cooking food, and washing your hands. Keep one gallon of water on hand per person minimum. A several-day supply is even better.
- Flashlights: when your power is out, flashlights are essential. Be sure to have a few on hand. A variety of flashlights are handy – traditional and lantern style. Be sure to have extra batteries stored away too.
- First Aid Kit: you can get a variety of sizes and features with many first aid kits. Even without planning for a power outage or natural disaster, this is a good one to have in your home or car.
- Battery-powered generators or gas generators: An ideal item to have for a natural disaster is a power generator. This allows you to run lights, refrigerators and change your cell phones. This technology has come a long way recently so be sure to look at the options available and get one with enough power to suit your needs.
- Bonus items: filtered masks to protect you from contaminated air and an emergency whistle.
Your home should require more emergency items on hand. It is important to keep your vehicle stocked with essentials in the event you get into a car accident, experience a flat tire or your car breaks down, as well as items for cold weather.
Checklist for your vehicle –
- Reflective triangle
- Ice Scraper
- Cell Phone Charger
- Bonus: jumper cables & first aid kit
All of these items can prepare you if you have a flat tire, need roadside assistance, and aid with bad weather.
While we hope you never have to experience a natural disaster or accident, we hope you are always prepared. If you have questions about your home or auto insurance, call our agency. We can review your coverage to ensure you have the protection you need.