What to Have in Your Home Emergency Kit (Printable Checklist!)

The new year is a good time to make sure your family has everything they need in case of a bad ice or snow storm or other natural disaster. To help our readers, we put together a list of things to do and items to have on hand in case of an emergency — no matter where you live. We’re big believers in being prepared, and this is a way you can intentionally care for your family and loved ones.

This list is by no means the end-all-be-all guide. But having these basics on hand at all times will give you peace of mind. And to be sure you always have it handy, we created a printable with the entire list below. Download it for free here:

Supplies for Emergency Kit:

What to Do Before a Storm:

  • Fill car with gas

  • Drip sink, shower, and bathtub faucets (in the event of freezing weather)

  • Change batteries in carbon monoxide and fire detectors

  • Gather gloves and hats for the family (in the event of a winter storm)

  • Unhook garage door/open electric gates

  • Cover air vents and registers

  • Cover pool equipment

  • Weather strip doors/cover windows as needed

If you live in Texas, place any elderly or medically dependent family members on the Critical Condition or Critical Care Residential List. Print this form and have a doctor sign and send in to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. When there is a power outage and they’re reviewing grids, anyone on this list will be highlighted and supposedly given first consideration. It’s not a guarantee but it could be potentially helpful. If you live in another state, check with your state government’s website for how to register.

Let us know if you think anything else should be added to this list! And don’t forget to download the printable list above.