Emergency Kit

A small emergency kit stored in an easy-to-reach place is invaluable in a major emergency.

Ensure the whole family knows where it’s stored, it’s in a waterproof box and that you check the use-by dates of its essentials regularly.

Things the kit should contain include: 

  • Emergency food and water supplies for 24 hours
  • Medications (including prescriptions) and toiletries, such as a roll of toilet paper
  • Special needs for infants, the aged and people with disabilities
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Portable battery operated radio with spare batteries
  • Mobile phone, spare battery and charger with stored contact details of your agreed out-of-town contacts
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Spare clothes and sleeping equipment including strong shoes, broad brimmed hat, leather gloves and sunscreen for each household member, pillows and blankets strong plastic or waterproof bags (for clothing, valuables, documents and photographs) 

Other important items include:

  • Copies of important papers including emergency contact numbers and identification such as passport, driver’s licence and birth certificate – it is a good idea to scan all documents and have them available electronically by saving them in emails etc
  • Copies of home and medical insurance policies
  • Spare car and house keys
  • Credit cards, key cards and cash money
  • Playing cards or games
  • Pen and notepad