Build An Emergency Kit
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for
several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and
other supplies to last for several days. A
disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in
the event of an emergency.
your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of
the items are inexpensive and easy to find and any one of them could save your
life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with
you. Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique
needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.
Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit store items in airtight
plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two
easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the
following recommended items:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
- Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended
people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of
coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.
Consider adding the following items to your
emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
- Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
After assembling your kit remember to maintain
it so it’s ready when needed:
- Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
- Replace expired items as needed.
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
Since you do not know where you will be when
an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.
- Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
- Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
- Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
This article was repurposed
from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA website
“https://www.ready.gov.” To view the original article, visit