Emergency Preparedness Kit

Being Prepared

After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location. Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily.

Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Your basic emergency supply kit should include:
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities
  • Bedding
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Canned juices, milk and soups
  • Changes of Clothing
  • Commercially purchased bottled water, if bottling water yourself make sure you use food grade plastic. containers - 1 gallon of water per person per day (minimum 3 days)
  • Copies of important documents and phone numbers
  • Disposable camera
  • Don't forget water and supplies for your pets
  • First Aid kit and instructions
  • First Aid supplies
  • Food - ready to eat or requiring minimal water
  • Heavy work gloves
  • High energy foods-peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, vitamins
  • Ice - if you have medications that are required to be kept cold
  • Infant/Baby supplies
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Medications/Medical equipment
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
  • Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
  • Ready to eat canned meats, vegetables, and fruits
  • Tools such as a crowbar, hammer and nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords
  • Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member
  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day

Go-bag Items

A component of your emergency supply kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly. Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety:
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities
  • Batteries
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Don't forget to make a Go-bag for your pets
  • Dust mask
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Flashlight
  • Infant/Baby supplies
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
  • Local map
  • Medications/Medical equipment
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • Pocket knife
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Radio - battery operated
  • Some water and food
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Whistle