Last Updated on February 11, 2021
“In the event of an emergency, smash the glass.” You’ve hopefully never needed to smash the glass in case of an emergency, but the fire extinguisher which is usually behind that glass is vital and important to have.
But, if you are preparing emergency essentials, it is important that you have these ten items. This is not a definitive list, but no emergency kit can go without these ten vital items.
While most electronic devices you use have rechargeable batteries, some will still use traditional batteries. So it’s important to have a few packs of different battery types to ensure that you don’t suddenly lose power to your flashlight in the middle of an emergency.
#2: A radio
While the internet may be the quickest and best way to communicate, you may not have that option in an emergency situation. Having a radio handy will help you to receive updates from NOAA and the EAS, which regularly broadcast instructions in storm conditions which can aid you in riding the storm out.
#3: Non-perishable food and water
Having enough food and water to last you for a few days in an emergency is vital. Try to have at least three days worth of non-perishable, shelf-stable food and water available at any given time, in case an emergency should knock out power where you live for an extended period of time. Try to take some dry fruits with you in emergency time this will help you to survive in bad your bad times.
#4: A first aid kit
While the hospital is still the best place to go in the event of a true medical emergency, a first aid kit is highly useful for less dangerous issues. A good first aid kit can help you to patch up minor cuts and bruises, disinfect any wounds, and assist with aches that may come. Be sure to inform yourself about the different items in your first aid kit, and acquaint yourself with how to use them.
#5: A light source
Obviously, the best light source in an emergency is a flashlight. Other options include glow sticks and candles. While it’s tempting to use your phone as a light source, remember that you may need your phone for more pressing matters in an emergency, and it’s best to leave your phone as charged as possible.
#6: A poncho
While this seems like an odd choice, a poncho can be useful in many ways. A poncho can protect you at least somewhat from rain, dust, and storm debris. Another added bonus; they don’t restrict movement, so if you have to escape from a storm, you can have at least some protection from the elements
#7: A noisemaker of some sort
If you are in the middle of an emergency and need someone’s help, having a whistle can call attention to your plight. If you have emergency personnel on their way to your location, a whistle can help them identify you more easily.
#8: A pair of gloves
Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with much debris, but if you do, having a good pair of work gloves can prevent you from getting injured while handling sharp debris. They can also serve as a barrier against any unsanitary objects you may need to touch.
#9: A space blanket
Sometimes known as a mylar blanket, a space blanket can provide you with warmth while taking up a small amount of space in an emergency kit. They can be used to provide shade in a hot climate, to provide warmth in a cold climate, and even to signal for help if the sun’s rays are reflected off it.
#10: A multi-use tool
If you’ve ever seen a Swiss army knife, you know what to expect here. A portable item that has numerous uses, a multi-use tool can allow you to be prepared for many situations, without having to carry a large bag of tools around.
Again, these are not the only 10 things you will want to have available, but these 10 items are definitely important to ensure that you are able to not merely survive, but thrive in an emergency situation.