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7 Things you need in your home in case of an emergency

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Are you ready for a natural disaster, a fire, a flood, or any other catastrophe that could happen within seconds? If not, now's the time to get ready. If your home doesn't have an egress window, you should install one for a safe escape route. If you don't have your important documents together, keep them together in an water-safe container. Preparation is the key to surviving.

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7 Things you need in your home in case of an emergency

  1. 1. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
  2. 2.  In the event of an emergency, you don’t have to time search your house for essentials that could keep you alive.  That’s why you need to be prepared for an emergency before it happens. Having key items gathered together in a particular place in your home and having a plan could be the key to surviving.  If you want to know what those key items are, read the following seven slides:
  3. 3.  As odd as it may sound, having a whistle on hand is actually quite smart. When you blow it, rescuers who are searching for you could hear you and track you down.
  4. 4.  Injuries are almost inevitable when a catastrophe happens. That’s why it’s important to have a first aid kit full of bandages, cleansing agents, scissors, and antibiotic ointment.
  5. 5.  Always keep your social security card, birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, and other important documents in a water-safe container. Keep these documents with your other emergency essentials.
  6. 6.  Strangely enough, egress windows save lives. They’re windows large enough for someone to escape through and climb out of (if they’re in a basement) in the event of a fire or flood.
  7. 7.  If you take prescription medications like insulin or heart medicine every day, you definitely can’t leave them behind in an emergency. Keep extra pills in your emergency kit so you don’t forget them.
  8. 8.  You need at least a three-day supply of non- perishable food. This means food that requires no refrigeration, no cooking, and little to no water.
  9. 9.  Perhaps most important of all is water. You need one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Water is necessary not only for drinking but for sanitation, too.
  10. 10.  If you realize right now that you’re not ready for an emergency, start getting ready now. You never know when disaster could strike.  If you need to get ready by making your home safer, contact A-Core, a concrete cutting specialist company, to request a quote for egress window installation. You can also visit them online for more information at