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Having an emergency supply kit is essential to making it through a disaster safely. Make sure to have supplies on hand to last each person at least three days.

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:Emergency all-disaster kit

  • Water, at least three gallons per person for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of food that does not need electricity for storage or for preparation
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, a weather alerting radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Prescription medications and eyewear
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter where you are
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit:

  • Items for infants and toddlers, (formula, diapers, immunization records, etc.)
  • Items for pets, (pet food, cat litter, harnesses, shot records, etc.)
  • Local maps
  • Copies of important family documents, such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash in small denominations or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper for killing germs 
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Infants and toddlers
Older Americans
People with disabilities