Emergency Basics: Items to Keep on Hand

SHTF: Items to Stock in Your Shelter

(SurvivalDaily.com) – No matter where you live, disaster can strike at any time and with little warning. For this reason, it’s crucial to have certain supplies stocked up for your household. Every household has different needs, but every home should have these items.

Water and Food

Food and water are the staples of survival, so it’s no surprise that you need to stock up on them. Consider your family’s size when stocking up on food and water. You should have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 2 weeks. Make sure you have enough food to sustain your family for at least 30 days.

First Aid Kit

Minor cuts and scrapes are normal, especially after a disaster such as an earthquake or tornado. Having a first aid kit in your home will allow you to treat them. You’re probably going to use your first aid kit in everyday life, so be sure to restock any items that are low.

Warm Clothing and Blankets

Disasters don’t operate on a schedule, meaning they can strike during the night or in the middle of winter. Having warm clothing and extra blankets will help you and your family stay warm during a power outage.


Radios are a great way to receive updates on a storm or a state of emergency. Make sure to keep one in your home to have an idea of what’s going on. Have spare batteries to keep your radio powered, or you can invest in a solar or crank-powered radio.


Through storms and disaster, the power often gets knocked out. Having flashlights will allow you to light up anything you need to. Again, have extra batteries or solar and crank flashlights to ensure you have light.

Extra Power Sources

You can buy solar or crank-powered phone chargers. Having these items will allow you to keep your cell phone and other electronics powered and available to use.

Unique Items

As stated before, every household has different needs, so it’s important to make sure you have the proper stock of items. For example, if your child has asthma, be sure they have extra inhalers in case you can’t get the prescription refilled for an extended amount of time. Diabetics also have special items they need such as insulin. Some people are allergic to certain objects and insects, so be sure to have an EpiPen on hand for them as well.

Prepping is all about being ready for whatever life may throw at you. If the power goes out for an extended period of time and you don’t have any clean water, you can purify it with common items in your home.

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