Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals during a disaster or crisis.

Make a Kit

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Basic Disaster SuppliesĀ 

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications (Make sure you have a week’s worth)
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Important family and medical documents that include:
    • A list of family physicians and the relative or friend who should be notified if you are injured.
    • A list of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers.
    • Keep family records, medical records or other important documents in your disaster supply kit in watertight containers.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • Extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, medication, catheters, or other special equipment you might need.
  • Back up generator if needed, for life support purposes.
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • If you are elderly consider adding:
    • Denture needs
    • Hearing aid batteries
  • If you have an infant consider adding:
    • Formula
    • Diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
    • Bottles
  • If you have a pet consider adding:
    • Extra food and water
    • Collar with an ID tag
    • Leashes or pet carrier