Consumer Advice

Must-Have Tools for Your Home Emergency Kit

Is it just me — or do you see an increase in weather-related emergencies? Or forest fires? Or floods?

Well, in addition to a first-aid kit, three days’ worth of bottled water, non-perishable food and a list of important phone numbers, consider putting together a home emergency kit.

20e16-s_monopoly-houseStart out with a waterproof plastic tub and store it in a place where you can gain easy access. Then add the following items:

  • Duct tape – Use for repairs and temporary fixes
  • Blankets – A fleece or Mylar-type blanket is warm, lightweight and takes up very little space
  • Multi-tool – Something like a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman will work. I suggest that the tool also have a pair of pliers and a can opener (to open the non-perishable food cans)
  • Lantern and flashlight – Battery-operated models with extra batteries for power outages
  • Nylon rope – Lots of uses
  • Work gloves – Buy heavy-duty, leather or tough material to protect your hands for storm clean-up chores
  • Radio – A hand-crank radio to keep you up to date on the latest weather alerts
  • Baby wipes – They will remove dirt and bacteria from your hands if no water is available

2 thoughts on “Must-Have Tools for Your Home Emergency Kit

  1. Everybody should have a basic set of tools in their home. Double check your list and make sure you have all of these essential tools. Having these tools is important as you settle into your new home. Really informative post.


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