Whether you live in a severe storm, earthquake, hurricane or tornado prone region, it is a good idea to have an emergency kit available. You should keep the kit in an area of your home where it is within easy reach in the case of emergency.
Most importantly, the kit should contain enough water for every member of the family for at least three days. You should also include either plastic or paper drinking cups. It is also a good idea to add water purification tablets to your kit, in the event that drinking water is unavailable after the three days, or you run out of bottled water.
In the event that electricity is unavailable, you should include at least a flashlight or battery operated lantern. You may also want to include some cans of gel cooking fuel to heat up water or food.
Canned or dried food should be included in your kit. Typically, you should have enough on hand for at least three days. For children, you could include powdered or canned milk. Make sure you add some plates, pans and eating utensils to your kit.
Blankets and an extra set of clothes for each member of the family should go into your kit, along with an extra supply of any medication you take on a regular basis.
Another item to include is a first aid kit. You should at least have a basic kit that contains an antiseptic wash, bandages and ointment for cuts and scrapes.
Finally, make sure to add extra batteries to your kit. Thereafter, make sure you check your kit at least once a year and add a supply of fresh batteries.
Source by Andrew Capster