From superstorm Sandy to the tough blizzard Janus, you never know when you’re going to find yourself in an emergency situation.

Here are 9 items that you should have in an emergency kit in your NYC apartment:

1. Bottled Water

  • You never know what is going to happen to your water system during an emergency
  • The recommended water supply is one gallon per person in your home for drinking and sanitation

2. Canned Food

  • If your fridge stops working, everything in there will immediately go bad
  • Make sure to have non-perishable food on hand for at least 3 days
  • Have a manual can opener to open those tricky cans

3. Extra Batteries

  • We rely so heavily on all of our electronics today
  • Make sure to have a stash of extra batteries
  • Keep your battery powered electronics running as long as needed
  • Try some Green batteries from PerfPower to stay eco-conscious

4. Flashlights

  • Your iPhone flashlight will only do so much until the battery dies
  • Don’t get caught in a blackout without a working flashlight

5. First Aid Kit

  • You never know when you might need some bandages, whether there’s an emergency or not
  • Grab a first aid kit like the one from First Aid Store that has quick remedies to everything your cuts and bruises may need

6. Whistle

  • Being trapped is no joke
  • Having a whistle handy can be the difference between life or death
  • Haven’t you ever seen the ending of Titanic?

7. Basic Tool Kit

  • This is useful to have around anyway
  • During an emergency, a wrench or pliers helps to turn off utilities when they are not in use

8. Battery Powered or Hand Cranked Radio

  • This allows you to hear the latest updates on the situation
  • When your phone dies, so do all your social media feeds
  • A radio could also be great for some relaxing music to keep you busy

9. Extra Cell Phone or Cell Phone Battery

  • It’s unpredictable when an emergency will strike and you’ll have to get in touch with your loved ones
  • Keep an extra cell phone, or extra cell phone battery around so you can get in touch no matter what the situation is


Other things to have around the apartment which could be helpful in an emergency are local maps, prescription medications, and a fire extinguisher.

In case of an emergency, it is also helpful to have an emergency plan with your family or roommates to make sure everyone is accounted for.

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