Assemble Your Emergency Kit

Drawing of Glasses, Batteries, and a Box of Matches

Assembling Your Kit

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
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications (for at least 72 hours)
  • 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 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.

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