When we say the words “survival kit” your mind probably runs away and starts to think of what you’ll need to make it through the first few weeks of a Walking Dead style-apocalypse, but we’re actually talking about pulling together a functional kit that will help you stay chipper during a winter storm, which is far more likely to happen than the breakout of an unknown virus.
Chances are, your home is littered with things that would serve you super-well in an emergency, but we want to make sure you have absolutely everything you need to create the ultimate home emergency kit.
Just to confirm, we’re sticking to the whole ‘stay warm and fed until the power comes back on’ side of things, not a ‘sky is falling’ type scenario.
Know How To Shut It Down
After everything we said, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the worst, which could be a utility pole crashing through your kitchen, breaking pipes and spraying water everywhere. In that instance, it will be pretty handy to know where your water shutoff valve is, the gas valve and which circuit breakers control which parts of your home. It is unlikely, but it is still worth knowing how to shut down a geyser of electrified water should it ever happen.
Have Alternative Sources Of Energy
The trick to being truly comfortable while a winter storm rages outside is having alternative sources of energy that you can rely on. Remember, heat and food are the two most important things, which is why we urge you to look at the Generator Guide Yamaha 2000 generator reviews. Being able to power your fridge, some convector heaters, the coffee pot, some lights and the toasted-cheese maker while the rest of the neighborhood is in a blackout will be a godsend.
Batteries & Flashlights Are Crucial
Light is so important during a power outage but, while there is something romantic about having a candlelit house, they are a disaster waiting to happen, not to mention inefficient. Seriously, most house fires are started by candles during blackouts. Your best bet is to have plenty of batteries and a few torches available, preferably something super-bright that uses LEDs.
Stock Those Cupboards Of Yours
This winter, get into the habit of staying really well stocked up on food and bottled water (and probably those coffee’s in a can). We don’t mean go out and just buy loads of tinned foods, but next time you are doing your grocery shop, pop in a few non-perishable things into your trolley; things that will last months not days. Chuck a couple of packs of batteries in too, and anything that you might need for your first aid kit. And then, on your way back home, make sure there is a full tank of fuel in your car. Just in case. Oh, and make sure you rotate your cupboards throughout the winter so that your semi-perishable foods aren’t left to go bad at the back. It is a little trick that can really help out when a storm strikes.
* This is a collaborative post.