Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit For Your Home

Dan Barcelon
Dan Barcelon
Published on September 13, 2017

What You Will Learn in This Article (Reading Time – 3 Minutes):

  • What are some essential items to include in your emergency preparedness kit
  • How to maintain your kit
  • Having a plan in the case of an emergency

Disaster can strike at any time, regardless of what part of the world you are in. It cannot be stated enough the importance of always being prepared. One of the ways you can prepare ahead of time is by putting together an Emergency Preparedness Kit for your home. An emergency preparedness kit is relatively easy and inexpensive to put together, but in times of disaster, can potentially save you and your family’s life. Don’t you think it’s worth the investment? A solid Emergency Preparedness Kit should be able to allow you and your family to survive on your own after an emergency for several days.

Essentials For an Emergency Preparedness Kit

While definitely not a comprehensive list, these items can provide foundation for your emergency kit. You may also want to adjust based on your individual needs.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

How to Maintain Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

Keep in mind that it’s not enough to put the Emergency Preparedness Kit together. You’ll also want to make sure that you keep your emergency preparedness kit well maintained and remember to check on it frequently so that it is ready when needed. Make sure that your kit is kept in a cool, dry place for any canned or non-perishable foods that are packed with your emergency preparedness kit. One of the things I suggest is to put on your calendar a reminder to check on your kit every year. I personally like to use a Google Calendar to remind me when it’s time to do so, but feel free to use any tool, either written or digital, that can help you stay organized. You’ll want to make sure you replace any expired items as needed when you check on your kit and make any updates or changes to your kit as your family needs change.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

It’s important to keep in mind which disasters are most likely to affect your area. Some parts of the country are more susceptible to a particular national disaster than others, and can determine what supplies you will need to keep your emergency preparedness kit. These different disasters may also dictate whether supplies for an evacuation or shelter is more likely. It’s important to also factor the needs of any pets, senior, or children you have in your family as each will may require special items to be included in your emergency preparedness kit.

In addition, it’s not enough to just have an emergency preparedness kit ready. You will also want to develop a plan and any special assistance you may need. Any disabilities or routine treatments or medications need to be factored in as well. There’s definitely a lot to consider when putting together an emergency preparedness kit, and as much as we’d like, we may not be able to be completely be prepared. However, by putting together even just a fraction of what you may need should a disaster strike and by having a plan, you can dramatically increase you and your family’s chances.

From the Author: My name is Dan Barcelon and I believe that Real Estate can be one of the most valuable assets you’ll ever own. I’m dedicated to educating and guiding my clients on how to manage and leverage their homes to create an Evergreen legacy for themselves and their family. I primarily consult both home buyers and home sellers on reaching their personal and financial goals through Real Estate in the following cities of Southern California: Long Beach,  Carson,  Cerritos,  Signal Hill,  Torrance,  Lakewood,  Cypress,  Downey,  Bellflower,  Norwalk,  Wilmington,  La Palma,  and Artesia.

If you’d like to discuss if buying, selling, or investing in real estate is right for you at this time, feel free to reach out. You can call/text me at 562-270-5812, or you can e-mail me at

Related Articles:

CDC – Disaster Supplies Kit – CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

Travelers – How to Build an Emergency Survival Kit

 – How to Pack an Emergency Kit for Any Disaster

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