Home emergency supply kit

Durable foods.
Photo: Jarkko Mikkonen / Suomen Punainen Risti

A home emergency supply kit means extra food, water and supplies kept around the house. We all occasionally have need for a home emergency supply kit.

The home emergency supply kit may be of use when you are unable to go to the shops. This can be due to you or your family member getting ill or a power outage causing shops to close their doors.

Store familiar and durable foodstuffs that suit the whole family and are easy to prepare. A good rule of thumb is to have extra food for your family to last for three days or 72 hours.

In addition to food, you should have at home:

  • At least a couple of litres of shop-bought bottled water
  • Clean and lidded water containers to fetch water: buckets made out of food-quality plastic are suitable
  • Food for pets
  • Sanitary products
  • Necessary medicine
  • First aid supplies
  • Iodine tablets
  • A powerbank to charge your mobile phone, etc.
  • A battery-operated flashlight and batteries
  • A battery-operated radio and batteries
  • Cash
  • Portable stove and matches
  • Fire extinguisher and fire blanket