14 Items To Keep In Your House In Case Of Need

You never know what can happen. Tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, floods, it is important to always have these 14 items in your home.


There are some items you should always have in your house in case of an emergency. A natural disaster, like a hurricane, tornado or ice storm can cause you to stay in your home without leaving for many days or even weeks in a row. Make sure you are comfortable at home by keeping these 14 items in your house at all times.

1. Outlet-free chargers

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Your cellphone will work during an emergency but the battery won’t last forever. You have to make sure your portable battery or small generators are 100% charged in case your phone is low battery.

2. Cordless radio


A cordless radio is a great way to stay in touch with the outside world. You can also listen to music to entertain the troops.

3. Medications

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It is important to have extra medication at home in case you can’t get to a drugstore. You can always ask your doctor for a larger prescription so you buy more of them.

4. Lantern

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If there is no electricity, you need a source of light. These kinds of lanterns are much brighter so you only have to use one light instead of many flashlights or candles.

5. Batteries

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It is important to have extra batteries since you never know when you will need them.

6. Nonperishable food

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Food is extremely important! You should always have canned goods and other nonperishable foods like soups, nuts and cans of tuna in your pantry. You’ll be happy to have this extra food when an emergency situation happens.

7. Pet food

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Do you have a cat or dog? Don’t forget about them! If you have canned goods for your family, make sure you always have food for your pet.

8. Extra propane

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Your barbecue might save your life! Keep extra propane so you can cook your food on your barbecue if your microwave and oven don’t work anymore.

9. Water

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Water is obviously important. You need water to survive and if it’s impossible to drink tap water, then you’ll be very happy to have your water bottles.

10. Cash


Having some extra cash at home is always a good idea. If card readers don’t work, you’ll be happy to have this cash on hand.

11. Tool kit

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You don’t have to work in construction to own a tool kit. You can make quick and small repairs without waiting for a plumber or electrician to come.

12. Copies of important documents


Leave hard copies of important documents like home ownership paper and insurance information in a safe place in your home. You never know when you’ll need them.

13. First aid kit


A first aid kit is vital in any household. You should always check that you have bandages, an instant ice pack, antiseptic wipes, etc.

14. Games


Finally, games are always a fun idea to have in your home! You’ll have hours of fun and you might even forget about the big storm outside for a few minutes.

Source: Reader’s Digest