Build an Emergency Kit
Every home and business 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 and workplace in the event you are isolated for three to five 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, extra eyeglasses, contact lenses, dentures, extra batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs, or other medical equipment, oxygen tanks, children’s items, food & supplies for pets and service animals and any other items your family might need. A list of allergies, medications and dosages, medical insurance information, medical records and serial numbers of medical devices will provide additional information during an emergency. 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 3 days)
- Canned goods and nonperishable foods, particularly those that do not need cooking:
- Canned meats and fish
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Canned soups and puddings
- Canned fruit juices
- Dried fruit and nuts
- Bread, cookies and crackers
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Coffee and tea
- Manual can opener
- Radio (battery-powered or hand crank), NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight or lantern, with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Diapers, wipes, baby food, formula, if needed
- Pet food, supplies, tag, crates, if needed
- Prescription medications (2-week supply)
- Extra eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dentures
- Extra batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs, or other medical equipment,
- Medical oxygen tanks
- Whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, soap, sanitizer, and other personal hygiene items
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Watch or battery operated clock
- Copies of important documents and IDs
- Cell phone and charger (also an auto, solar, or crank charger in case power is out)
- Water purification tablets and household chlorine bleach
- Camp stove or grill (outdoor use only) with fuel or Sterno and waterproof matches or lighter
- Change of clothes and sturdy shoes
- Sleeping bags or blankets
- Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
- Seasonal items such as warm clothes, hat and gloves for winter and sunscreen for summer
- Books, games, puzzles and other comfort items
- Duct tape
- Plastic sheeting or tarp
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