Build an Emergency Kit
Every home should have a stocked basic emergency supply kit that could be used for any emergency, regardless of the time of year. Everyone should keep certain items around the house in the event you are isolated for three or more days without power or unable to go to a store.
While some items, such as bottled water, food, flashlight, radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items and clothing should be in everyone’s kit, it is important to customize the kit for the needs of you and your family.
Consider adding medications and extra eyeglasses, as well as any needed medical supplies; food and supplies for pets and service animals; and any other items your family might need.
See below for full suggested list or view a printer friendly version of the Emergency Kit Checklist to take with you as you assemble your kit:
You may also consider making a mobile “go-bag” version of your emergency kit in case you need to evacuate to a shelter or other location, as an emergency shelter may not have all the items you need. At least annually, check your kit for any food, water, batteries, or other items that may need to be replaced or have expired.
-Bottled water (1 gallon per person/per day for at least 3 days)
-Canned goods and nonperishable foods, particularly those that do not need cooking:
-Manual can opener
-Radio (battery-powered or hand crank), NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries
-Flashlight or lantern, with extra batteries
-First aid kit
-Moist towelettes, garbage bags, soap, sanitizer, and other personal hygiene items
-Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
-Items for unique family needs, such as prescription medications and eyeglasses, infant formula or diapers.
–Charger for cell phone (also an auto, solar or crank charger in case power is out)
–Dust mask (or cotton t-shirt) to help filter the air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering-in-place
-Whistle to signal for help
-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
-Pet food, supplies, tag, crates, if needed
Additional Items to Consider:
-Cash or traveler’s checks and change
-Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
-Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
-Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
-Matches in a waterproof container
-Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
-Disposable cups, plates, utensils, and paper towels.
-Paper and pens/pencils
-Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
-Watch or battery operated clock
-Seasonal items such as warm clothes, hat and gloves for winter and sunscreen for summer
-Camp stove or grill (outdoor use only) with fuel or Sterno and waterproof matches or lighter
-If needed, extra batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs, or other medical equipment; extra medical oxygen tanks