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What to Include in a Home Emergency Kit

We’re incredibly fortunate to live in Colorado. The ample sunshine, breathtaking views, and countless things to do — we could go on and on! Something that often gets overlooked, though, is that natural disasters are few and far between here.

Coloradans don’t have to worry about earthquakes or hurricanes. And for the most part, tornadoes are limited to the eastern plains. 

However, Mother Nature can still turn our world upside down in other ways. Ask any longtime Coloradan about the blizzard in March 2003 that dropped three feet of snow in Denver. A decade later, flooding shut down highways along the Front Range and left some of our favorite towns in shambles, such as Estes Park. 

Who could forget about last year’s wildfires? Thousands of families evacuated, many of which lost their homes in the blaze.

We get our fair share of wild weather in Colorado, regardless of the season. It’s why we suggest preparing for the unexpected as much as possible. This means creating an action plan for your family and putting together a home emergency kit.

Here are a few items to include in your kit.

The essentials

Say you’re running out the door because your home is in imminent danger. At the very least, be sure to have food, water, and medications in your emergency kit. Ready.gov recommends one gallon per person per day for a minimum of three days, as well as a three-day supply of non-perishables.

Then start thinking of ways to make life somewhat easier for your family. According to the Red Cross, no home emergency kit is complete without a flashlight, charged phone with charger, and extra batteries. Blankets and personal hygiene items should also be high priorities on your list.

Important documents

Imagine being in a disaster scenario where you must leave your home for an extended time. Your emergency kit has the basics to keep your family fed, hydrated, and (somewhat) warm. But now you must plan for the worst: the possibility of losing your home.

Homeowners can save themselves a headache by including personal documents in their disaster kit. You should have copies of your proof of address, mortgage statements or the deed to your home, insurance policies, and birth certificates. The more documentation you have on hand, the less challenging it will be to navigate the recovery process. 

One final thing worth considering as you assemble this paperwork is your family and emergency contact information. There’s always the chance of forgetting your phone during the chaos of leaving home, so having the phone number and address of a loved one could be vital down the road.

Baby and pet supplies

The larger your household, the more stuff you must add to your home emergency kit. Those with a dog or cat must account for their four-legged friend’s food and any medication. Keep in mind that it might be best to board your pet if you know in advance that you’ll be out of your residence for several days.

A baby might also force you to be flexible with your evacuation plan. Stock up on baby food, diapers, formula, and bottles. And again, think of alternative arrangements if it makes more sense to leave your little one with a family member.

Tools and other stuff

You would rather have more supplies in your home emergency kit than not enough. But you don’t have the luxury of bringing everything. Have a conversation with your significant other about what to pack and what to leave at home.

A pocket knife can be beneficial if you’re cutting wires or performing minor tasks. Matches allow you to provide warmth for your family at night. Lastly, see if you’re able to create room for a flashlight and first aid kit.

Denver’s real estate experts

Let’s turn the discussion to Denver real estate for a moment. Home prices continue to increase throughout Colorado. But with mortgage rates still low by historical standards, it’s a great time to buy a home in our beautiful state.

At American Home Agents, our team understands the local housing market inside and out. They work hard for every client, treating each of them like family. Trust us when we say that our real estate agents aren’t satisfied until you’ve landed the perfect home.

Ready to see how affordable homeownership can be in the Denver metro area? Reach out to one of our dedicated agents today at (303) 695-5900. You can also pre-qualify for a mortgage through our friends at American Financing.

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