When preparing for an emergency, experts say to have at least a two weeks supply ready for you and yours. However, among all that planning, it is easy to forget the necessities that don’t go in your pantry. Check out our list of forgotten items you need in your home.
10 Unique Essentials For Your Home Emergency Kit
- You may not think of it in the moment, but when stores are closed where will you get such a necessary product? Gathering enough toilet paper to provide 2 weeks worth for you and your family is easy at Ace.
- Bottled water is great to keep in the basement or emergency shelter. It stores easily and lasts a long time. However, there more environmentally sufficient alternatives. You can purchase a few Lifestraws. Fill up your bathtub with 2 weeks of water. Take a cup full of water and place your lifestraw down in it. The device will remove bacteria, protozoa, and viruses from 4,755 gallons of water.
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Lysol and Bleach
- Keeping a good stock pile of cleaning products is imperative when the state of your emergency. Stock up on Lysol, Clorox, and even bleach. All of these products kill 99% of germs and are a great line of defense when avoiding an illness. If your home has leaks or floods, this will be key in reducing mold from producing in and around your home.
- When the store is not an option, make sure you collect enough hand held power for your battery operated products. Batteries for you fans, razors, home detectors, and flashlights.
- If a water main breaks in your home, do you have the tools to shut it off? Have on hand a variety adjustable wrenches.
First Aid Kit
- Regardless of what is happening outside your home, you should always have an emergency medical kit nearby. When hospitals are far away and stores are closed, an at home kit can save the day.
- According to FacilityExecutive.com, “A study from Condair shows raising air humidity by humidification reduces the risk of virus spread in hospitals and other buildings at low-cost and without causing negative effects.”
- When things get messy, it is important to have the right tools to take care of your home. Be sure to have a few of these handy, when you can’t call a Handy Man yourself.
- There are a lot of furnace filters on the market. However, Ace’s Home Expert Lou Manfredini, has the perfect recommendation for your stockpile.
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