January 22, 2022

Beat Schermerhorn

Home Improvement

Create a Home Emergency Kit with These Must-Have Items

According to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), in 2021, there were 20 weather disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each that affected the United States. NCEI says this included one drought, two flooding events, 11 severe storms, four tropical cyclones, one wildfire, and one winter storm.

While we were fortunate not to experience one of these major events in our area, it’s important to always be prepared. Severe weather is not uncommon in Michigan, and there may be times when a winter storm keeps us inside for a few days or longer, possibly even without power. Should that happen, do you have all you need to get by?

A little preparedness can go a long way, so check out these items every homeowner should have in their home emergency kit.

Basic needs

To get started, think about the two most important survival basics: food and water. REALTOR® Jeff Carrow with Century 21 Affiliated, who is also a local firefighter and paramedic, suggests storing one gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days, for both drinking and sanitation.