Home Security Devices – Our Home Angel

A basic item that should be part of your emergency preparedness plan is the home survival kit. Actually your home survival kit should be the basis of other survival kits and packages that you keep in your car, office and even carry with you at all times. Here are the basics that you should take into account when preparing your home survival kit.


Getting Started with Your Home Survival Kit

The Red Cross has a home survival kit that covers most bases. Here is the bare minimum that should be an essential part of your home survival kit:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Here is the full list of supplies, documents and tools that should be part of your home survival kit according to the Red Cross recommendations


A great tip from LacetoLeather: Be sure to use and rotate your supplies (use oldest items first), and replace items as they are used up. Keep supplies clean and in working order. If you have a generator, run it as often as the manufacturer recommends to keep it in good order. They have put together a simple home survival kit that’s more of a checklist and can be very helpful in making sure you don’t forget anything when putting your kit together.


There are things that you simply cannot forget when putting together a home survival kit, but more importantly you should treat it as your guide for safety and one of the steps in your emergency preparedness plan