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Does your Home Have an Emergency Kit?

Does your Home Have an Emergency Kit?

Fri, 03 Jul 2020

Do recent events have you thinking about potential emergencies? The Civil Defence's Getthru website suggests having three days’ worth of supplies handy at all times, in case of emergency situations. If a disaster or emergency does happen, you’ll be in a much better position to get through with just a little preparation. Maybe now is a good time to put together an emergency kit for the house and car - and perhaps your workplace too?

Figuring out where to store ample food and supplies for three days can be enough to deter anyone from bothering, but look at it this way: your kit needs to be compact enough to grab and go, so it shouldn’t be bulky. Perhaps you could store the kit in the linen cupboard so that you can grab bedding at the same time if the need arises. Other storage places could include the garage, on top of a wardrobe (not out of reach), a hall cupboard, a spare room or in children’s wardrobes.

A large standard plastic bin or two should be large enough for most families and will keep your kit dry, pest-free and safe from crushing. Here’s what to pack (as listed on getthru.govt.nz):

What to put in your emergency kit

HOME Emergency Kit:

• Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
• Radio with spare batteries
• Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes.
• First aid kit
• Prescription and essential medicines
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Pet supplies
• Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
• Face and dust masks
Check batteries every three months. Battery-powered lighting is the safest and easiest. Do not use candles as they can tip over in earthquake aftershocks or in a gust of wind. Do not use kerosene lamps, which require a great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.

Food and water for at least three days
• Non-perishable food (canned, dried and pre-prepared food)
• Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
• Water for drinking. At least 3 litres per person, per day
• Water for washing and cooking
• A primus or gas barbeque for cooking
• A can opener
Check and replace food and water every twelve months. Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for prolonged emergencies such as a pandemic.

Emergency Kit Checklist

GETAWAY KITS

In some emergencies, you may need to evacuate in a hurry. Each person in your home should have a packed getaway kit in an easily accessible place which includes:

• Torch and radio with spare batteries
• Any special needs such as hearing aids and spare batteries, glasses or mobility aids
• Emergency water and easy-to-carry food rations such as energy bars and dried foods in case there are delays in reaching a welfare centre or a place where you might find support. If you have any special dietary requirements, ensure you have extra supplies
• First aid kit and essential medicines
• Essential items for infants or young children such as formula and food, nappies and a favourite toy
• Change of clothes (wind/waterproof clothing and strong outdoor shoes)
• Toiletries – towel, soap, toothbrush, sanitary items, toilet paper
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Face and dust masks
• Pet supplies
Include important documents in your getaway kit: identification (birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licences and passports), financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage information), and precious family photos.

While we’re at it, putting together a kit for your vehicles is also a smart move.

CAR Emergency Kit

First Aid Kit
Survival Blanket
Fluorescent vest or jacket
Smartphone Cable and Charger
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack - use to charge devices, as a torchlight & jump start
Multi-Tool
LifeHammer - to smash widows and cut seatbelts
Mini Fire Extinguisher
Water
Umbrella / Coat
Sanitising Wipes
Towel

Download a printable checklist here.

When it comes to protecting your assets and family, you can't buy better than a Dominator Garage Door. Stay safe everyone!

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