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Emergency Prep

Emergency prep is a growing category at the National Hardware Show (NHS). From fires and floods to extreme wind and cold, home improvement retailers play a vital role in providing many of the supplies needed before, during and after emergencies. In preparation for the 2020 storm season, retailers can look to FEMA for a comprehensive list of emergency supplies that can be used as the basis for a disaster prep niche or a full category, including: 

  • Water: one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit including a three-day supply of prescription medications
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air
  • Moist towelettes for sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Sturdy shoes and extra clothing and blankets
  • Three-day supply of pet food

Many of these items and more can be sourced at the NHS, scheduled for May 5-7, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Hans Cummings

Hans Cummings
Born in Indiana and raised in Indiana, Germany and Virginia, Hans has worked for NRHA since 2001. He has a B.A. in English from Indiana University and is a published fantasy and science-fiction author. His hobbies include cooking, especially smoking meats, tabletop and video games and supporting space sciences and science education.

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