Once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. If you've assembled an emergency kit in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
When preparing an emergency kit, remember:
- Gather enough supplies to last all family members for three days.
- Place supplies in easy-to-carry containers such as plastic totes or duffle bags.
- Refresh supplies every six months or as needed.
- Store kits where they can be reached easily in case of emergency.
Every kit should contain these essential items:
- Battery-powered or hand-crank am/fm radio
- Battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA weather radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Bottled water (at least one gallon per day for three days)
- Prescription medication and copies of prescriptions
- Baby food and sanitary care products
- Non-perishable food and snacks for three days
- Cell phone with charger
- Moist wipes/towettes, trash bags and ties for personal sanitation
You should also consider adding these items:
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Change of clothes
- Extra money
- Extra set of car keys
- Hygiene products
- Non-electric can opener
- Pet food
- Duct tape, plastic sheeting, dust mask, scissors, towels (for shelter-in-place)
- Prescription medications and extra contact lenses/glasses
- Household chlorine bleach
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Books, games, puzzles and activities for children
Important Documents for your kit:
- Emergency and first aid instructions
- Family Disaster Plan
- List of important family information
- Extra form of identification
NOTE: Do not leave batteries in radios or flashlights. Keep them separate until needed!