An emergency kit should meet your family’s needs for several days. Items such as nonperishable food, water, medications, and other life-saving supplies should be included at the quantities needed based on family size. A basic disaster kit should include the following items (Ready, 2022):
Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
First aid kit
Prescription medications (for at least 72 hours)
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)
Cell phone with chargers and backup batteries.
Additional emergency supplies may be needed. Visit the Ready Kit website for a list of additional considerations. The Emergency Supply List may be used as a guide to determine what should be included in your disaster kit.