Whether a massive hurricane hits your part of the country or the power is knocked out for more than a week, having a prepping supply list that you can easily follow is one sure step to insuring the safety of your family! A lot of people call this a doomsday prepping supply list, but even if you aren’t preparing for some sort of apocalypse – having an emergency items list for your home that you can use to stockpile essentials goods is empowering.
There are so many emergency items to have on hand that it can become overwhelming, so that’s why I put together this short list of MUST-HAVE emergency supplies.
When the power is out your only source of electricity is going to be those little, cylinder-shaped gizmos called the battery. You should ideally stock up on AAs, AAAs & Ds for good measure, as most survival items will require these sources of charge.
You probably could have guessed by reading about the batteries that the next crucial item is going to be plenty of flashlights. The more the better.
3. Matches & Candles
What if a power outage lasts longer than expected and you’ve drained all of your batteries? You need light! dry matches and plenty of candles should be your next item to stock up on. Tea candles are great, but don’t last long. Try to go to a dollar store and round up some decent-sized candles that will burn for long hours through the night.
4. First Aid Kit
You can either make your own with items that you probably have on hand right now, or by a cheap one at most stores. Regardless, the the Red Cross suggests that critical items should be at least aspirin, bandages, scissors, antiseptic wipes, tweezers and anti-biotic ointments.
5. Battery Powered Radio
When you have no access to the outside world through common sources such as television or the internet, the next fallback is the good old radio. However, if power lines are down then you will need to have on hand either a battery powered radio or a weather radio with a hand crank.
6. Blankets & Extra Clothing
If you get caught during the winter, you do not want your family to freeze obviously. This is why you should stockpile crucial items such as plenty of thick, warm blankets and sweat shirts. Go the extra step! also include mittens, gloves, hats, scarfs and coats. You can store these items using the next critical item…
7. Trash Bags
Trash bags have many uses. As hinted earlier; they can be used to store items, but also can be turned into raincoats, used to patch up holes, create a water filtration system and to keep your environment sanitary.
8. Water Stored Away
If you plan to stock up enough water for a whole year for your family, well you’re going to need a lot of space and a lot of containers! But I would recommend that any family try to store enough water to last a week. This means about a gallon per person in your family. Milk jugs, large jars, canteens, water jugs and 5 gallon beverage coolers stored in a cool, dry area such as your basement work best!
For a $12 – $30 investment you can have access to a device that contains all of the critical tool items that you might need in an emergency. Knifes, pliers, scissors, screwdriver ends — it’s all in this little device and extremely useful when the SHTF!
10. Can Opener
If you are stashing away canned food items, and you should be – you will need this! Some multi-tools may have a pre-equipped can opener, but I wouldn’t count on it. This is essential to have on hand.
11. Paper Plates & Plastic Silverware
Stock up on paper plates, plastic forks, spoons and knives. Also try to acquire paper towels and napkins. These have many uses. However if you are storing up critical food items, you’ll need these to eat with!
12. 37 Critical Food Items
These food items have a long shelf-life, are easy to afford, are full of nutritious value that you need and can be stockpiled little-by-little. You my not think that you need them, but you’ll be glad to have them during an emergency! Some of these items include rice, beef jerky, grains and canned fruit.