In the event of an emergency, you’ll need your own emergency supply kit stocked with food, water and other important items to sustain yourself and your loved ones for at least one week. An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items you’ll need when disaster strikes. Most of the items are inexpensive, easy to find AND could save your life.
A basic emergency supply kit should contain the following items:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation). Consider extra for hot weather.
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food) that does not involve heating or cooking.
- Water and food should also be kept for all pets.
- If you have family with disabilities or who are seniors, consider their diet restrictions and if they would be unable to open certain packages.
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Essential medicines
- Extra clothing and shoes. Keep safety-soled or construction shoes on hand.
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Tools to turn off water and gas lines ONLY if you suspect leaks or damage
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
After assembling your kit, store the items in airtight plastic bags and place them in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. Be sure to assemble a kit for your home, workplace, and/or your vehicle. You never know where you will be when an emergency arises. Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change. Keep your kit(s) in a cool, dry easy to access places and be sure to replace expired items as needed. For guidance on what to include in your kit, visit https://www.ready.gov/kit.