Tracey Fiorelli
Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc | 508-509-8162 | [email protected]

Posted by Tracey Fiorelli on 2/25/2016

Objects useful in an emergency situationEvery home should be prepared for an emergency. A natural disaster or medical situation could happen at any time.† The time to prepare is before, not when it happens.† Actually, the Federal government recommends that every household should have an emergency supplies kit on hand. Below is a list of essentials and recommended supplies to have in your emergency kit.

You should have at least 2 gallons of water per person a day for one week. Donít forget water for the pets!
  • FOOD
Have non-perishables, like canned soups, meats and fruits. You will need a hand can opener as well. It is good to plan for at least 3 cans a day per person for about a week. Donít forget to include non-perishable food for your pet as well.
There are many first kits available for purchase. †Always check your first aid kit to make sure the expiration date is valid. †It is also a good idea to have extra prescriptions and medicines, like Advil and Tylenol on hand.
You should always have flashlights, extra batteries, candles and water proof matches.
Itís a good idea to purchase a small supply of travel size shampoos, deodorants, tooth brushes and tooth paste.† Also, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, latex gloves, garbage bags and toilet paper are essential items. It would also be a good idea to have a supply of disinfectant.
A portable radio or television with extra batteries would provide you with a way to stay informed on the state of the emergency. A hand cranked or solar operated television or radio would be best.† Also, keep a list of important phone numbers that you would need in an emergency. Itís always good to have a waterproof zip lock baggie with a pen, pencil and pad of paper.
Although expensive, a portable generator and the fuel to run it would be extremely beneficial in a disaster. A power converter that runs off a car battery could provide a source of electricity if a generator is not an option. Miscellaneous item such as a piece of nylon rope (100 ft.), leather gloves, and a multi-function pocket tool would also be useful for many things.
  • CASH
It is always a good idea to have at least $100.00 cash accessible if needed. You may never need to use your kit, but in case of a disaster, you will be happy that you were prepared and it will increase your chances of survivability.

Posted by Tracey Fiorelli on 11/12/2015

The one thing that every home should have is a home emergency preparedness kit. It is something you hope you will never have to use but in case of a disaster you will be happy you were prepared. Here are the essentials of a†home emergency preparedness kit.

  • Water: You will need one gallon per person per day for at least three days. Double up if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing.
  • Food: Plan for at least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Make sure to pack protein, fruit, and vegetables and store food in pest-proof containers.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First-aid supplies
  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Pack moist towelettes in sealed packets, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. More good options are travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.
  • Radio or TV: You will definitely want a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Cash: Have at least $100 in your kit.
As an alternative to making your own kit, you can buy a fully stocked kit†from the†American Red Cross. A kit with a three-day supply of essentials for one adult costs $50 to $70.