Emergency Kit

Your household emergency kit should include the necessary supplies to sustain you and your family in your home for at least 3 days. Remember that it may take a significant amount of time for basic services (water, electricity, and telephones) to return to normal.
  • Batteries
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Cash in small denominations
  • A copy of important documents and phone numbers
  • Don't forget water and supplies for your pets
  • Essential medications
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid, or other vital personal items
  • First Aid kit
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Food: Ready-to-eat or just-add-water
  • Heavy gloves
  • Large plastic bags for waste and sanitation
  • A local map
  • Manual can opener
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and utility knife for covering broken windows
  • Radio (battery-operated or manual)
  • Special-need items for children and seniors or people with disabilities
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Unscented liquid household bleach for water purification
  • Warm clothes, a hat, and rain gear
  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day