*Ready for my I-Know-This-Makes-Me-Seem-Crazy kit list?
I gathered this stuff over time - I know it's a lot and maybe more than necessary. But it makes me feel better. And I've been able to keep us going without power for a few days and be of help to friends and neighbors when they were harder hit. Most items are easy-to-find at a large camping or hardware stores, and many of them -- bug repellent, baby wipes etc. -- may already be around your home.
In a grab n' go open tool kit:
Headlamps for each family member, 2 of which have lantern attachments
A (floating) big lantern/light
A Mag light flashlight
An emergency whistle that floats (actually have a couple on lanyards...good for hiking with kids)
Lots of glow sticks + glow necklaces, to hopefully make it festive + to use for pets, if need be
Batteries + extra cell phone battery
Lighter (to be able to use gas stove, BBQ or camp stove if power out)
Duct + electrical tape
First aid kit, with medicines for anyone in the family who needs them
Swiss army knife with compass etc/Leatherman tool
Camera (in case have to take pics of damage for insurance purposes etc), cash, copies of ID in dry pouch
Fully charged walkie talkies, set to same channel
A big zip lock bag (to throw documents, portable drive with photos, important papers etc or leave a dry note if need be)
Contractor trash bag
Pocket-sized rain poncho
Potable water treatment pills
A small, collapsible water container
Then I have a big Rubbermaid container with a bigger companion kit:
Sealed bin that can be temporary toilet, which holds:
3gal collapsible water container
MRE-type food bars
A couple of mess kits/cutlery in case no paper products
More water and non-perishable food
Pry bar, folding shovel and a couple of other tools
Tarps, plastic sheeting, more tape, heavy "slap" stapler to help hang a tarp
Bug repel. wipes + mosquito "dunks" for standing water
More potable water treatment pills
First aid book
Printed instructions on what to do in various emergencies
Tampons, (diapers if you need 'em), other personal supplies as needed
Ziplocks, trash bags
Deck of cards, a couple Hot Wheels, a story collection
corded land line
I try to keep the gas tank full when big storms are predicted.
After the hurricane, we bought some big gas cans for future reference and some plywood and wood screws to be able to do window repair if needed.
In the event of emergency, we have a family plan to grab shoes and change of clothes, sleeping bags for each family member, if needed - I had them gathered for past hurricanes.
I have recommended water and food supply (including instant coffee!), paper plates etc., corded phone, Solar/crank radio with spot light, charcoal for grill
It's valuable, free and easy to choose a non-local person to be clearing-house contact, as well as selecting meeting place for the family. Also, have a copy of the key to your safe bank deposit box on hand.
I'm reviewing supplies and using what's due to expire and replacing what was pilfered by my family over the year. I'm also using stuff from the freezer to make room for some jugs of water, which can be popped in the fridge to keep it cold longer in case of power outage (I then put a wooded spoon through handles to remind family not to open unless really necessary. These frozen jugs are great for coolers too - the chunks stay frozen way longer than cubes.
Crazy, right? But I thought I'd share anyway. Apparently I was a Boy Scout in another life. ;-)