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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.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show


  • 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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