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First Aid Kits Have it Have this?
First Aid Kits: Many items in a first aid kit have expiration dates (typically 3-5 years after manufacture) and can become damaged by frequent use, moisture, and exposure to the air. It is important to properly maintain a regular review of your first aid kit and replace any medical supplies as needed. Consider restocking items after use, as well as inspecting first aid supplies every couple of months, in order to keep your first aid kit up to date. Depending on the product, first aid kits can have a wide range of products. Check to see what is included and if the supply is enough for you and your household.
Emergency Ready Kits Have it Have this?
Emergency Ready Kits: A premade emergency kit is a simple way to make sure you have the bare necessities for the first 72 hours of a disaster. These kits include emergency food, drinking water, and emergency supplies. You can choose to customize by adding more items in your kit or you can keep it as is. A backpack contains all the items in the kit, making it easy to carry and evacuate at a moment's notice. Make sure you have a kit (or several kits) with enough supplies to sustain all the members in your household.
Flashlight Have it Have this?
Flashlight: Store your flashlight in a dry, cool location that's convenient and easy to reach in an emergency or power outage. Replace the batteries in your flashlight or lantern every few months if it isn't used for extended periods of time. This insures that it has fresh, working batteries and prevents battery leakage. Keep flashlights stored in multiple locations in your house and car, in a cabinet or drawer, near all beds, and in your glove compartment.
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Pocket Knife Multi Tool Have it Have this?
Pocket Knife Multi Tool: A pocket knife multi-tool is a staple for every emergency kit thanks to its small size and wide functionality. Always be prepared with essential tools at your fingertips: pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, blades, scissors, tweezers, and a file. In a disaster, victims can use a multi-tool to build shelter, open canned food, cut through seatbelts, and shut off water and gas valves in a fallen home.
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Batteries Have it Have this?
Batteries: Batteries are an overlooked but essential part of every emergency kit. They can power small, essential devices like flashlights, weather radios, smoke detectors, and more. Make sure you have a wide range of spare batteries in your kit as different devices require different battery types. Batteries do expire. It is important to check the date code so you can be sure the battery you buy is fresh and available for use.
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Water Purification Tablets/Purifiers Have it Have this?
Water Purification Tablets/Purifiers: During any natural disaster or emergency event, locating safe drinking water is vital. Simple procedures such as boiling or the use of a household activated carbon filters are not sufficient for treating all possible contaminants that may be present in water from an unknown source. Whether you're using tablets or filters, make sure to read the directions and understand the volume of water the product can treat. Have more than one purification product in your kit. This will ensure ample supply in the event access to clean water is limited.
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Lantern Have it Have this?
Lantern: A compact lantern is ideal when you need a lot of light without it taking up a lot of space. It is also safer than candles by reducing the risk of fire around small children or pets. Make sure when purchasing a lantern that you also have batteries to power it. Check to see whether your lantern is waterproof and the number of hours/days it will run. Pack extra batteries with your lanterns in case of required prolonged usage.
Generator (Inverter) Have it Have this?
Generator (Inverter): Inverter Generators are smaller, quieter, and more compact compared to portable generators. This type of generator is the ideal power source for more lightweight power activities like charging smaller devices. They are compact, lightweight, and easy to transport. Their quiet power reduces sound emissions and provides optimal performance.
Emergency Food Have it Have this?
Emergency Food: Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock up on canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Subject on the kit, be sure to include supplies like a manual can opener and eating utensils. Check the number of servings your kit includes and purchase a backup set depending on the size of your household.
Emergency Blankets Have it Have this?
Emergency Blankets: An emergency blanket is valuable for emergency preparedness due to the multitude of uses. It reflects your own body heat back to you. It can also be used as an emergency lean-to shelter, ground cloth, additional warmth for sleeping bags, and for wrapping cold or frozen food during transport. Have at least one emergency blanket for each member of your household.
Weather Radio Have it Have this?
Weather Radio: The weather radio is a versatile tool that provides you with multiple functions in emergency situations. Besides radio capabilities, depending on the weather radio you purchase, it can come with an LED light, integrated power bank, SOS alarm, and rechargeable power. Some can have multiple power sources like hand crank, solar, AAA batteries, and a power bank.

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Flood Barrier Have it Have this?
Flood Barrier: Protect your home or property in times of flooding with flood barriers. They expand and activate on contact by absorbing, containing and diverting the problem water away from your home and property. Lay them in place and let the water do the rest. Use around doorways, garages, leaking tanks, construction projects, and more.
Generator (Portable) Have it Have this?
Generator (Portable): Portable Generators provide a reliable and consistent energy source to accommodate power to multiple components at once. This type of generator is the perfect back-up energy source for powering your home during a storm or emergency. Portable generators are larger than inverter generators, which means they have larger fuel tanks and increased wattage capabilities for longer power run times.
Respirator Have it Have this?
Respirator: Respirators help filter smoke, pollen, mold spores and dust particles encountered during natural disasters. Throw away your mask when breathing through it gets difficult, if it gets damaged, or if the inside gets dirty. Use a new mask each day if you can. Use by placing the straps over your head and pinch the metal part of the mask tightly over the top of your nose. If there are small children in your household, place the mask on for them and periodically check if the mask needs to be changed.
Fire Extinguisher Have it Have this?
Fire Extinguisher: Fire extinguishers are the most commonly used product for fire protection. They are the first line of defense to contain or extinguish a fire and prevent expensive damage. In 80% of all fire incidents, a simple portable fire extinguisher is all that is needed to put out a fire. There are five different types of fire extinguishers (Class A, B, C, D, and K). Class A is the most common and involve normal combustibles and flammables. Make sure to read the instructions and understand how to use a fire extinguisher before an emergency situation occurs.
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Fire Escape Ladder Have it Have this?
Fire Escape Ladder: Fire escape ladders attach quickly to most windows. Check to see if they attach to your designated emergency window prior to first use. No assembly or tools required. Fire escape ladders are flame resistant, durable and sturdy. To ensure safety, they are recommended for only one use.
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Smoke Detectors Have it Have this?
Smoke Detectors: Most smoke alarms have a lifespan of eight to 10 years from the date of manufacture. It is important to test the functionality of a smoke detector at least 1-2 times per year. You should add testing/replacing smoke alarms as a part of your move checklist when you relocate to a new residence.
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Emergency Preparedness Checklist