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Make sure you have an emergency kit

Make sure you have an emergency kit at home with supplies for yourself and your family members to tide you over in the event of an emergency or a disaster. Putting together an emergency kit is easy and does not have to cost much. In fact, you probably already have most items lying around your home.

Must-have emergency supplies

  • Bottles of water that will last you three days. Allow for three litres of water per person per day. Do not forget about your pets, if you have any.
  • Non-perishable food, such as canned beans.
  • Prescription medication (for three days).
  • A battery-powered or wind-up radio. Set the dial of your radio to RTV Noord 97.5 FM (emergency radio station) before you add the device to your emergency kit.
  • A torch, candles, and matches. Wrap them separately in plastic.
  • Extra batteries for your radio and torch. Leave them in their original packaging.
  • A first-aid kit with instructions.
  • Blankets to provide warmth and comfort.
  • Bin liners.

Nice-to-have emergency supplies

  • Tools, such as a hammer, saw, and a cutter.
  • A whistle to signal for help.
  • Cash and a copy of your passport.
  • A copy of your health insurance card.
  • Spare keys to your home and your car.
  • A map of the local area.
  • Addresses and phone numbers of your family and friends.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • A portable charger for your phone, laptop, and tablet.
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes, soap, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, and a tooth brush.
  • Medication to prevent headaches, stomach aches, and diarrhoea. And a jar of multivitamins.

We have created a convenient flyer, which you can download here. We suggest you print it out and hang it somewhere in your home

Download emergency kit fyer

Storing and checking your emergency kit

  • Store your supplies in a convenient spot that is easy to access.
  • Use a water-proof bag, such as a backpack.
  • Check your emergency supplies every six months. Are they complete and safe to use?
  • Do not forget about your personal situation. You might need infant formula, medication, and food and water for your pets.

More information

For more information about putting together an emergency kit, please visit the (Think ahead) website.

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