Each kit should contain at the least: non-perishable food, drinking water, a battery-operated radio, extra clothes, flashlight with extra batteries, sleeping bag/blankets, sanitation items and medications. For a more thorough list of what should be in a properness kit, go to
To prepare your house prior to a power outage, there a few important issues to look at. First, make sure you have battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms or plug in CO alarms with battery backup in your home, and perform a test of the batteries monthly. Purchase a high-quality surge protector for your computer and other important electrical equipment. Finally, if your home has an electric garage door opener, know how to open the door manually.