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What Should Be In An Emergency Home Supply Kit

Published by Chris Townsend

What Should Be In An Emergency Home Supply Kit

What Should Be In An Emergency Home Supply Kit? | Three Movers

An emergency supply kit is something that a lot of people don’t really give much thought to until it becomes a necessity, at which point it’s often too late to be of any help. To help prepare you for power outages, natural disasters, and any number of other surprises that may require emergency preparedness, we’ve put together this handy list of things you should have on hand in your emergency supply kit in the home.

Water & Food

When survival is at stake, you’ll need to be sure that you have plenty of food and water. You should plan for one gallon of water per day per person in emergency situations—remember you’ll need some for cleaning up, not just drinking. Your food supply should be non-perishables and items that are easy to prepare. You’ll also want to have a manual can opener and a camping stove in case you need to prepare anything.


In a true emergency, you’ll need a way to get important information without the help of normal outlets and a hand crank or battery powered radio is an important resource to have at your disposal. While your cell phone may still be able to access the internet, remember that you’ll have limited battery power.

Medical Emergency Kit

First Aid Kit

This one goes without saying and you should have one in the house for general purposes anyway. No emergency supply kit is complete without a first aid kit and the larger the kit, the better. Your first aid kit should also include any medications that you take regularly; at least a week’s supply. Remember that medications do expire, so you’ll need to rotate your stock periodically.

Flashlights & Light Sources

Flashlights and lanterns are another essential you’ll want, especially during extended power outages. Candles are always good to have too, of course, but you may need more light than they provide for things like cooking and setting up a place to shelter if needed.

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Batteries & Cell Phone Chargers

Batteries and cell chargers are must-have items in an emergency kit. You’ll be relying on battery power in a lot of cases, and they run out quickly when you’re using them for extended periods of time. Flashlights and the ability to communicate and get information on your phone are essential and they won’t do you any good if you run out of juice.

Fire Blanket Protection


Blankets are another staple that should be included in any emergency kit, especially if you live in a climate that has harsh winters. As a general rule, you’ll want blankets for backup bedding, but they become even more essential if you find yourself without heat and have to deal with cold weather.

Personal Hygiene Items

You’ll want a way to clean up during an emergency too, which means you’ll need personal hygiene items. Day-to-day items like wash cloths and soap should be included and if you want to go the extra mile, a portable toilet is something you’ll definitely wish you had should you be without the use of your regular toilet for a few days.

Garbage Bags & Moist Towelettes

Even in an emergency, you’ll still need a place to put garbage so keep some extra bags on hand for emergencies. The same goes for moist towelettes, which could also go in the personal hygiene heading. Moist towelettes are an easy way to clean up if you can’t use your shower and don’t want to use your water supply for personal cleaning.

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Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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