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 a 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 a backup batteries.

Additional emergency supplies may be needed. Visit 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.



Community Resources and Emergency Management (CREM)

The Department of Community Services and Emergency Management plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery efforts and disseminates information during emergencies and disasters.