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Home Safety Kit:  These are Items I recommend for your home safety kit in the event of earthquakes, wildfires and other natural disasters
Updated August 29, 2017
Before you do anything in an emergency, you need to be aware of fires and deadly Carbon Monoxide buildups so you can get out of the house alive

I like smoke detectors that communicate with each other so if there is a fire in your kitchen while you are sleeping, the alarm will sound in your bedroom with the linked alarm.

These are even better as they let you program the location so if there is a fire in your garage and you are in your bedroom, it tells you so you can avoid the garage when evacuating the house.
First Alert SA511CN2-3ST ONELINK Battery Operated Smoke Alarm with Voice Location, 2-Pack

You also want to be alerted if there is deadly carbon monoxide in hour home.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America, yet many people don't know they are suffering from CO poisoning until its too late. Since symptoms of CO poisoning are like the flu, you might not even know you're in danger at first. That's why a carbon monoxide alarm is an excellent way to protect your family. It can detect the CO you can't see, smell or taste in the air.

  • Wireless enabled battery operated combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm
  • Interconnects with other First Alert ONELINK enabled alarms to create a wireless safety network
  • Exclusive voice alarm with up to eleven programmable locations to tell you where potential danger exists
  • Photoelectric smoke sensing technology and Electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor
  • Includes Test/Silence Button - Low Battery Warning - End of Life Timer and 5-year limited warranty

Stand Alone Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

Consumer Reports Top Rated CO Alarm:

Safety Light - Rechargeable Flashlight

Once you are awake after your alarms go off, you need to find your way out of the house safely.

A safe house should have one of these in every room where people sleep plus near major exits to light the way.



Clean drinking water is a MUST!

Once you are safely out of your home, the top of your must have list is clean, safe water for drinking.  I keep one of these outside the house in my windsurfing van so if the house burns down in a major California earthquake, at least I can get water that is safe to drink from swimming pools, ponds, creeks and even toilets.  Make sure you get a few bottles to put the pure water into.  

Water Bottles:  I have a few of these Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottles filled with water stored with my MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter so there is clean water when I need it.  I will use the filter to refill the bottles as needed.
First Aid Kit

Just as important as clean water is a First Aid kit.
First Aid Kit
Extra non-latex sterile gloves
Don't forget:

A lantern for reading and cooking plus extra flashlights and batteries:

GE LED Lantern
3 to 6 D Cell Batteries
Maglite LED  Flashlight
3 D Cell Batteries
D-Cell Batteries
Hatchet or Axe
open roof make firewood
Hand Crank Radio
& LED Flashlight






Misc:
Steve Thompson When I was a little boy and old man in the area kept an ax under the steps in his basement. When asked why, he said this is where I go when tornadoes come. If we get hit and the house collapses I want a chance at getting out, even if I have to chop my way out. You can never be over prepared. Kirk Lindstrom I think I'll add that! It is good for a good part of the country... if below a reservoir, put it in the attic to chop a hole in the roof so you can reach rescue helicopters during a flood! Thanks!

David Viera An AM/FM radio with hand crank or low discharge batteries is good. Also the Motorola bubble wrap walkie-talkies with FRS/GMRS spectrum (there IS an emergency channel) and NWS (NOAA) weather broadcasts. Spectrum rules have recently merged. As a Ham, I have more radios than that 
18" Adjustable Wrench
to turn off gas to house

Waterproof Tarps - To cover
damaged roof in rain
Motorola FRS/GMRS 2-way Radios
Portable Toilet
bucket and bags






Other Items:
These are the most important items for my home safety kit.  Send me an email if you have other ideas for my kit.

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