14 Must-Have Items for Your Home Emergency Kit

Be prepared to survive on your own in the case of disaster — days without power, food or water from the tap — with your emergency kit.

Power Outage
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Emergency preparedness used to be primarily a seasonal thing, and it tended to be focused on specific areas: the hurricane season along the East Coast, for example. While those are still events to prepare for, extreme weather events like 2020's winter storm in Texas and 2023's devastating wildfires in Hawaii showed disasters can happen virtually anytime, anywhere.

When disaster strikes, it can mean power outages that last hours, days, or even weeks. Taps can run dry. Heat and air conditioning can shut down. Some health-related equipment like CPAP machines are useless without electricity. You and your family need to be prepared to survive on your own if disaster strikes.

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Brad Moon
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Brad Moon is a tech industry veteran who contributes to a range of publications including Forbes, InvestorPlace and MSN Money and is an original member of the award-winning GeekDad blog. Over the past decade, he has also written about technology for Wired, Gizmodo, Shaw Media, About.com, The Winnipeg Free Press and others.

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