When an emergency or natural disaster strikes, it’s important to have an emergency preparedness kit stocked and ready to go with basic items that meet your family’s particular needs. Building an emergency kit is quick and easy. Plus, it could save your life.

It is recommended that you pack enough items to last you (and each member of your family) at least 72 hours. Start with a sturdy backpack or duffel bag that can hold days worth of supplies. Be sure to put non-waterproof items going into your kit in air-tight plastic bags before putting them in your backpack or duffel. Below is a complete list of basic items that should be in your emergency kit and additional items that you could add based on your families needs.

Basic Items for Your Emergency Kit:

  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Toilet Paper
  • Bottled Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Medications.
  • Flashlight
  • Cash & Credit Cards
  • Multi-Tool with a Can Opener
  • Wrench or Pliers Kit (to turn off gas/water lines)
  • Extra Clothing.
  • Blankets
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Matches or Lighters
  • Important Documents (ex. deed/lease, passport, birth certificate, insurance policy, emergency contact information)
  • Whistle (in case you get trapped).
  • Batteries
  • Extra Keys
  • Extra Chargers
  • Battery Powered NOAA Weather Radio
  • Feminine Hygiene Products.

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Additional Items for Your Emergency Kit:

  • Pet Food & Supplies (food, litter, collars/leashes)
  • Baby Supplies (formula, diapers, rash cream).
  • Non-Prescription Medication
  • Liquid Bleach (to disinfect water and/or cuts).
  • Paper/Plastic Cutlery
  • Books & Board Games
  • Rain Gear (umbrellas, ponchos, jackets)
  • Work Gloves.
  • Extra Set of Glasses
  • Extra Shoes
  • Scissors
  • Maps.

Once you have your emergency kit assembled, put it in a secure, easy to reach spot inside your home. Be sure other members of your household are aware of the location of the safety kit. You should check your kit every 6 months to make sure all of your items are up-to-date and not expired.

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