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Top Items To Include in Your Home Emergency Kit

2/14/2024 (Permalink)

Emergencies can strike at any moment, making preparedness a priority for every household. Having a well-stocked emergency kit is crucial to ensure you're equipped to handle unexpected situations effectively. At SERVPRO®, we understand the importance of readiness. Here's a comprehensive list of the top must-have items for your home emergency kit:


Store at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation purposes.

Non-Perishable Food

Stock up on a three-day supply of non-perishable food items such as canned goods, protein bars, and dry goods that don't require cooking.

Flashlights and Batteries

Include multiple flashlights and extra batteries to provide illumination during power outages.

First Aid Kit

Prepare a well-stocked first aid kit containing bandages, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, pain relievers, and other essential medical supplies.

Multi-Tool or Swiss Army Knife

Have a versatile tool that includes various functions like cutting, opening, and screw-driving for various emergencies.

Personal Hygiene Items

Pack hygiene essentials such as toiletries, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and feminine hygiene products.

Blankets or Sleeping Bags

Keep warm blankets or sleeping bags to provide insulation and comfort in case of power loss or displacement.

Important Documents

Protect copies of essential documents like identification, insurance policies, medical records, and contact information in a waterproof container.


Have cash in small denominations as ATMs and card readers may not be accessible during emergencies.

Emergency Contact Information

Compile a list of emergency contacts including family members, local authorities, utilities, and medical providers.

Matches or Lighter

Store waterproof matches or a lighter in a secure, dry container for fire-starting needs.

Duct Tape and Plastic Sheeting

Keep these versatile supplies to temporarily repair leaks or seal off areas during emergencies.

Comfort Items

Include comfort items such as toys for children, books, or games to alleviate stress during an emergency situation.

Preparing an emergency kit with these items can provide a sense of security and readiness during any unforeseen events. At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, we emphasize the importance of preparedness and encourage every household to have an emergency kit tailored to their specific needs.

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