Sunday, September 22, 2019

20 Items to Keep Next to Your Bed at Night

If your bedroom is located upstairs or at the other end of your house and you happen to have an emergency at night while you are sleeping, you may be unable to leave your room to collect up the emergency supplies you need prior to dealing with a sudden disaster like a fire, earthquake, or flood.  Whatever the emergency is--fire, earthquake, intruder, etc--you need to be able to wake up, grab your stuff, and in many instances, flee through the window at a moment's notice.  In order to do this you will need some gear and supplies on hand, as in right next to or under your bed, to grab and go, including:

  1. Cell phone and charger
  2. Shoes 
  3. A small bag with a change of clothes (socks, underwear, pants, shirt, jacket)
  4. A firearm and ammo or pepper spray or other self defense device (knife, baseball bat, etc)
  5. Keys
  6. Wallet (with ID, credit cards, and cash)
  7. A flashlight with good batteries
  8. A USB drive with all of your files recently backed up on it
  9. Work gloves
  10. An emergency whistle
  11. Personal items you can't do without (glasses, hearing aids, cane, dentures, meds, etc)
  12. A way to escape from your room (an emergency escape ladder, a rope, step stool, etc)
  13. A remote door opener for your garage
  14. A breaker bar
  15. A hatchet or ax
  16. N95 mask or bandanna or towel
  17. A bottle of water
  18. Snacks (granola bars, etc)
  19. A NOAA emergency weather radio
  20. A written list of emergency contact info for friends/relatives (phone numbers, email addresses, etc)

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