What do you do when disaster strikes? What should you have on hand? What are the necessities you need to make sure to stock up on in order to care for your family? These are the questions that are top of mind for many of us here at DoSayGive after the ice storm that crippled Texas for over a week. So many people across the state were without power, heat, and water — all while temperatures were well below freezing. Many were without proper medical care or functioning medical equipment, and homes were almost as cold inside as it was outside. For a few days the most coveted item in our neighborhood was a water main key (pictured above) because so many pipes burst leaving major damage to so many homes.
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.
Now, 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:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Phone battery brick
- Water meter key for emergency shut off
- LED lanterns/head lamps
- Window coverings
- Camping stove
- Gas for stove
- Faucet Covers
- Extra towels
- First aid kit
- Extra masks
- Instant formula, bottles, diapers, etc.
- Pet food
- Sleeping bag
- Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children
- Emergency blankets
- Electric space heater
What to Do Before a Storm:
Fill car with gas
Drip sink, shower, and bathtub faucets (freezing weather)
Change batteries in carbon monoxide and fire detectors’
Gather gloves and hats for family (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. Not a guarantee but 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.