After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
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. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.
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Basic Emergency Kit Supplies
Collect these essential supplies for each member of your family. Plan to live off your kit for at least 3 days:
- Food that won't spoil and doesn't need electricity to prepare
- One gallon of water per person, per day for drinking and hygiene
- A written family emergency plan
- A battery-powered and/or hand crank radio and a flashlight with extra batteries
- A portable and/or vehicle charger and cable for your cell phone
If you have to evacuate, take your kit. Keep it in an easily portable container, in an easily accessible place.
Once you have collected the essentials, complete your kit with additional items listed below.
For Individuals and Families
- Manual can opener
- Personal hygiene items
- First aid kit
- Trash bags
- Disposable gloves
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Food for pets
- Tools to turn off utilities
- Protective Mask
- Glasses or contact lenses
- Critical documents on a USB drive
- Prescription medications and supplies for any medical equipment
- Electronic device chargers
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Baby food
- Hygiene products
- Powder milk and formula
- First-aid kit
- Trash bags
- Baby wipes
- Diaper bag or backpack
- Shot records
- Name tags and leash
- Food and one gallon of water per pet, per day
- Medications and first-aid kit
- Recent pictures of you with your pet
- Vet contact info/shot records
- Pet carrier
- Litter box
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.