Regardless of whether it’s tornado season, or you live near a hurricane-active coast, everyone needs to be prepared for whatever emergency comes at you and your family. Don’t forget to pack these 10 essential bug-in (or bug-out) items both in your basement and in an outdoor location in case of a fire, and you will be well on your way to being prepared.
1. Bag or Tote
This bag from Emergency Zone comes with several must-have items for a bug-out bag, including first-aid products and TP. It only runs around $99, but if that’s too pricey for you then you can easily assemble your own bag. Start by making a list of everything you and your family will need. Then pack everyone a personal bag and pack one or more big waterproof totes with all of the extras that you all will need (such as canned goods). Continue reading for more great ideas.
2. Waterproof Bags
These small waterproof bags by Mudder are a great example of the type of bag you will need to keep your essentials nice and dry. The bags come in several different sizes and are perfect for emergency cell phones, cash, and TP.
3. First-Aid Kit
If you decide that the Emergency Zone disaster bag is not right for you, then you may prefer this smaller first-aid kit from First Aid Only. This bag is currently priced around $11 with various bandages, ointments, and over-the-counter medications.
4. AM/FM Radio With Batteries
This is not only a weather radio which supports AM/FM/WB NOAA Radio, but aslo a powerful flashlight with 3 LEDs, and a portable phone charger and power bank for emergencies. This radio can be charged 3 different ways: solar, handcrank, and USB charging from wall or computer via a mini USB jack.
5. Flash Light With Batteries
Make sure everyone in your family has their own flashlight, along with spare batteries.
6. Propane or Gasoline Generator
Make sure you have plenty of back-up fuel to run your propane or gasoline generator. For ultimate ease, consider purchasing a multi-fuel generator, like the one pictured, that runs on either propane or gasoline.
7. Blankets or Sleeping Bags
A necessity for every disaster kit, sleeping bags will help keep your family warm in the event of a power outage in winter. Keeping extra sleeping bags or blankets in the garage or outdoor storage will also help keep little ones warm in case of a house fire.
Keep ponchos in your kit in case of a fire or in case of a super disaster and you and your family have to bug-out.
9. Canned Food and Can Opener
Along with your extra supply of canned goods, don’t forget a can opener.
10. Essential Documents, Extra Shoes, and Clothing
Every home should have a fire safe to keep all of your documents safe in the event of a fire, tornado, or earthquake.