Must-Have Items for Your At-Home Emergency Kit

When emergencies occur suddenly, you’ll want to be prepared. The American Red Cross suggests having two different kits: an on-the-go kit and an at-home kit. Here, we’re going to focus on the at-home kit.

How much water should you have on hand for a crisis? How much money should you set aside just in case? If you want to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency, learn what experts recommend. Here is everything you should stock for a home emergency kit.

Enough Water For At Least Three Days

A man grabs a gallon of water off the shelf before a big winter storm hits.
Gabe Souza/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
Gabe Souza/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you’ll want to pack enough water for at least three days. Expect every person to drink a gallon of water per day. So if three people live in a house, you’d need nine gallons of water for three days.

You can buy gallons of water or fill empty gallon containers with tap water. Store the water in a cool, dark location such as a basement. For long-term storage, consider using plastic or glass bottles. You can use stainless steel if you don’t intend to clean the water with chlorine.