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Unexpectedly Useful Things to have in Your Emergency Kit

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Everyone knows to have canned good, batteries, first aid kit, can opener, and flashlights in their emergency preparedness kits. Here are some items you might not have thought of:

  1. Rain Ponchos

    From tornados and hurricanes, having ponchos on hand for everyone in your household will be a big help to people being able to sit out a storm more comfortably.

  2. Whistle

    Whistles are great for helping people find you or a group and can be heard at a far greater distance a lot of time than someone yelling for help.

  3. Dust Masks

    After a disaster the air can fill with particles like dust and ash. Dust masks will help, especially those who have allergies or asthma.

  4. Plastic Sheeting & Duct Tape

    These supplies will help you shelter in place until someone can help or a new safe location can be obtained.

  5. Solar Lights and Chargers

    Cell phones are critical for communication in the event of an emergency, having additional ways to charge your cell phone is ideal. We like this option from Hiluckey Solar on Amazon. Want a solar light that also charges? Try to this on from MPowerd.

  6. Garbage Bags & Disinfectant

    Used myriad of ways, garbage bags can serve as ponchos, rain safe storage, can be used for clean up and even as gloves in a pinch. Disinfectant is a good idea, too. Sanitation is a big concern when water and the power is out.

  7. Wrench or Pliers

    Simple tools like these can be used to turn off utilities and can be used in a number of unconventional ways, too.

  8. Food & Supplies for Fluffy and Fiddo

    Be sure to include your pets when thinking about food, water, and first aid. When animals are scared they tend to bolt and hide, so have an extra harnesses and leashes in your kit, too, that give their name, address, and phone number in case they get lost. Harnesses are ideal because your pet cannot easily slip out of one.

    Also, consider adding a sticker to your door indicating how many and what kids of pets live in the home to help emergency staff know what to do.

Lisa Smith