Being prepared for the unexpected means having your own food, water and other supplies ready at a moment’s notice. An emergency preparedness kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Building your own kit can be inexpensive and easy. Here’s a list of recommended items to pack in your kit.

The Basics

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day for at least three days)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food) and a manual can opener
  • First-aid kit
  • Radio (battery-powered or hand crank radio) and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Dust mask / face mask
  • Local maps
  • Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Items to Consider
If you have pets, young children or seniors, what you will need in your kit may look a little different. Consider including the following items to meet your household’s needs.

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Extra food and water for pets
  • Family documents
  • Cash and change
  • Sleeping bag/warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine personal hygiene supplies
  • Mess kits, disposable plates, caps and utensils
  • Books, games, puzzles and activities for children

Want to keep track of your items? Download our printable checklist and check items off as you collect them for your kit.

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A couple of things to remember. Make sure your kit is stored in a watertight container like a large storage tub. It keeps everything in one place and it’s easy to move if you must evacuate. Also, don’t forget to replace expired items and update the contents as your family’s needs change.

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