Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, individuals should consider having at least three emergency supply kits: one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace and vehicle.
Local emergency responders may not be able to assist you or your loved ones immediately following a disaster. Therefore, your disaster supply kit should contain essential food, water and supplies to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. 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.
After considering the needs of your household and the disasters that may occur in your area, you may wish to increase your inventory to a two-week supply. This may include storing additional water, food, sanitation, first aid, and shelter supplies.
Kits should be checked routinely and prior to the expiration date(s) if the kit contains items that expire or are perishable.
Click on the icon below for a list of some basic items that a home emergency supply kit should include. Review this list and consider where you live and the unique needs of your family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs.
Be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank full and keep an emergency supply kit in your car. Your car kit should contain essential food, water and supplies for at least three days. If you find yourself stranded, be safe and stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.
Emergency car kits should include:
- Jumper cables
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Fire extinguisher
- First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time
- Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
- Water for each person and pet in your car
- AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
- Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child