Emergency Preparedness

Essentials For Your Kit

List of your Emergency Contacts, including a phone number for an out-of-state contact
Three-day supply of medications, and copies of your prescriptions
List of personal medical information and medications, including any drug and/or food allergies
Water- one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
Food (that will not spoil)
Manual can opener
Extra batteries (for flashlight, hearing aids, etc.)
First Aid Kit
Whistle, horn, beeper or other device to signal for help
Cell phone with chargers and backup battery
Photocopy of personal identification (driver’s license, state ID, etc.)
List of model and serial numbers of any personal assistance equipment (pacemakers, hearing aids, communication devices, scooter, wheelchair, batteries, etc.
Assistive items needed for eating or drinking (spoons, straws, etc.)

Additional Items

Pictures of your family/friends to have with you if you must be away from home
Personal memento/comfort item (stuffed animal, book, etc.)
Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses (with cleaning solution), and/or other vital personal items
Small battery-powered radio with extra batteries
Dust mask
Protective goggles
Small amount of cash, including coins for payphones
Extra set of keys to house, car, etc.
Personal hygiene and toiletry products
Moist towelettes and assorted sizes of re-sealable plastic zipper bags (for storing food, waste, etc.)
Change of clothes including socks and undergarments
Sleeping bag or warm blankets
Fire extinguisher
Paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils
Any other items you need on a daily basis

Emergency prep family kit

Maintaining Your Kit

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.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.

  • 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.
  • Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.