Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Government agencies will respond to community disasters, but residents may be forced to be self-sufficient for hours or even days after disaster strikes. As a general rule, you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least three days. Assembling supplies in an emergency preparedness kit will help! Consider  storing a kit at home, at work, and even in your vehicle, so that you are prepared wherever you are.

What Do You Need in an Emergency Preparedness Kit?

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Water– at least one gallon per person per day
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, licenses and insurance policies.)  Be sure to also include recent photos of family members, pets and household items of value.  Consider keeping a copy of these documents on a password-protected USB drive.
  • Any special items for family members, such as infant formula, eyeglasses and medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof matches
  • Comfort items (toys, books, puzzles, and games)
  • Extra house keys and car keys
  • List of contact names and phone numbers
  • Food, water and supplies for pets

Additional Items to Consider:

Hygiene and Sanitation Items

  • Bar soap and liquid detergent shampoo
  • Baby wipes and waterless shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Infant supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Household bleach with no additives, and an eyedropper for purifying drinking water
  • Large trash cans


  • Crescent wrench for turning off gas
  • Screwdriver, pliers and hammer
  • Plastic tape and sheeting
  • Knife or razor blades

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