Before the storm: Preparing a home disaster kit

When it comes to storms, preparedness is key. Don’t wait until you’re in the thick of it to wish for a properly stocked disaster kit. Start your preparations now! Check out the list below to see what essential items you should have on hand in your home emergency disaster kit.

Collect and store these 10 essential items to get ready for an emergency. For more preparedness tips for everything from hurricanes to winter storms, visit

  • Water and food
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Can opener
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Clothes
  • Personal care items
  • Important documents

Storage Advice: Place your emergency supply kit in waterproof bags. Store the bags in one or two emergency containers, such as plastic tubs, unused trash cans or duffel bags.

Store your kit where family members can locate it. Try to have enough food, liquid, batteries and other supplies to last one to four weeks depending on the emergency.

And don’t forget a communications plan as well as a way to receive important weather updates and critical information.