How to Prepare an Emergency Kit

Emergencies can strike in many different ways. Whether it’s a natural disaster that floods your streets or an evacuation of your entire city, you should always be ready to support your family. Burtel Security is always ready to respond to emergencies like home invasion, but you should be prepared for situations where first responders may not be available.

At minimum, you should have these items ready for an emergency:

  • 3-14 day supply of water, one gallon per person
  • 3-14 day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Personal documents such as medical info, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance, etc.
  • Battery powered or hand crank weather radio
  • Multi-purpose tool or Swiss Army knife
  • Family and emergency contact info
  • Soap and personal hygiene items
  • Week’s worth of daily meds
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • Spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Cash

If you have a family, especially small children, include some of these supplies:

  • Medical supplies, prescriptions, glasses, hearing aids, contacts, syringes, etc.
  • Baby supplies, bottles, formula, food, diapers
  • Games and activities for kids
  • Pet supplies, collars, leashes , ID, food, carriers, bowls
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Other useful supplies include:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or Surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies to secure your home
  • Extra clothes, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets/sleeping bags

It’s always smart to be ready for emergencies, but for every day protection, learn more about Burtel home security. Call us today for more information.