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Create a Home Safety Kit

We all hope the worst never happens, but we still want to be prepared to deal with emergencies.


  • Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by poison control center)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Band-Aids (assorted sizes)
  • Birth certificates
  • Blanket
  • Cold pack
  • Diapers, if you have a baby
  • Disposable gloves
  • Gauze pads and roller gauze (assorted sizes)
  • Hand cleaner
  • Hat
  • Nonperishable pet food
  • Plastic bags
  • Pocketknife
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • Syrup of ipecac (use only if instructed by poison control center).
  • Tissues
  • Triangular bandage
  • Warm coat
  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo ids, proof of address, deeds and titles to property, and other such items)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Credit and ATM cards, cash, especially in small denominations (but still have $50 to $100 on hand)
  • Bottled water and nonperishable food such as energy or granola bars
  • Complete first-aid kit
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes; lightweight rain gear; and a Mylar blanket
  • Contact and meeting-place information for your household, and a small regional map
  • Child-care supplies or other special care items
  • Flashlight
  • Medication and other essential personal items 
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio (with extra batteries; you can also buy a wind-up radio that does not require batteries)


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