Most Useful Emergency Items for Your Home

Regardless of whether you live in a danger zone or somewhere where earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, or bone-chilling winter storms don’t happen at all, there are some essential emergency items that you should have at home anyway.

The items we’ve selected won’t allow you to live and thrive indefinitely in a post-apocalyptic scenario, but they are guaranteed to go a long way if you ever find yourself without power or running water for a few days, which is something that can happen to virtually anyone.

Water: Potable Aqua PA+Plus Water Purification Tablets

In the typical home survival scenario, disinfecting enough drinking water to supply your needs should be one of your top priorities. In most cities and rural areas alike, water is not hard to find, but only a small fraction of the available water tends to be drinkable.

With the Potable Aqua PA+Plus Water Purification Tablets, you can make up to 25 liters of water bacteriologically suitable to drink in just 35 minutes. Included in this water purification kit are special neutralizing tablets that remove iodine taste and color, making the purified water more palatable.

If you don’t like the idea of using iodine to purify your water, you might like the LifeStraw Family Water Purifier, which is used by over 13,200,000 people worldwide who don’t have access to drinkable water. This award-winning water purification solution can remove 99.99 percent of viruses, 99.9999 percent of bacteria and 99.9 percent of protozoan cysts to 0.02 microns from up to 18,000 liters of water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals using an innovative gravity filter.

Food: Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE)

The Meal, Ready-to-Eat—commonly known as the MRE—isn’t just for military personnel. Developed in 1963 by the Department of Defense using the Dietary Reference Intake, these self-contained, individual field rations in lightweight packaging contain all the micro and micronutrients the body needs to survive, and they last a very long time without any refrigeration and are intended to be consumed cold. Unlike freeze-dried meals, MREs contain water, so their consumption doesn’t cause dehydration.

Because MREs have become popular among survivalists and outdoor types, many companies have started to manufacture them for commercial purposes. With the commercial interest in MRAs, they taste got better and better, and modern MREs, such as this one from Western Frontier, as so good that some people buy them as a tasty, if slightly unusual, snack.

Since the packaging of MREs is required to maintain a minimum shelf life of three and a half years at 27 °C (81 °F), we recommend you buy an entire pack and store it for three years. Then simply order a new pack and eat the old one over the course of a few months.

Light: Ustellar Camping Lantern

There are several reasons why the Ustellar Camping Lantern is the best source of light for emergency purposes you can have at home.

To start with, this multi-purpose lantern is IPX4 waterproof and very durable. It has a front light that provides you with two brightness levels—1000 lumens and 500 lumens—and enough throw to illuminate objects half a kilometer away. In addition to the front light, there’s also a lantern mode for illuminating larger areas without casting hard shadows.

To top it all off, the Ustellar Camping Lantern also functions as a power bank thanks to the built-in 4,000 mAh battery with a USB Type-A port, allowing you to charge your smartphone even the power goes off.

First Aid: Be Smart Get Prepared 250 Piece First Aid Kit

Be Smart Get Prepared is on the mission to be the most dependable and innovative manufacturer of First Aid Kits and Emergency Preparedness Kits. Their emergency kits embrace research, trends, practicality, functionality, and innovative technology and are not only OSHA, ANSI, and ISEA compliant, but actually significantly exceed many standards.

For home use, we recommend the Be Smart Get Prepared 250 Piece First Aid Kit, which contains 250 pieces of comprehensive first aid treatment products and meets or exceeds OSHA and ANSI 2009 guidelines for 50 people. The kit is organized in a handy plastic box with interior compartments provides quick access, and an airtight rubber seal to keep the content safe from moisture. Because of its compact dimensions and handy wall bracket, you can easily mount it on a wall or store it in your medicine cabinet.