Your Kit

What you have on hand when a disaster happens could make a big difference. Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days.

  • Water. Have at least one gallon per person per day.
  • Food. Pack non-perishable, high-protein items, including energy bars, ready-to-eat soup, peanut butter, etc. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
  • Flashlight. Include extra batteries.
  • First aid kit. Include a reference guide.
  • Medications. Don't forget both prescription and non-prescription items.
  • Battery-operated Weather radio. Include extra batteries.
  • Tools. Gather a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, a manual can opener, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, knife, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and garbage bags and ties.
  • Clothing. Provide a change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves.
  • Personal Items. Remember eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution; copies of important papers, including identification cards, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, etc.; and comfort items such as toys and books.
  • Sanitary supplies. You'll want toilet paper, towelettes, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, bleach, etc.
  • Money. Have cash. (ATMs and credit cards won't work if the power is out.)
  • Contact information. Includey a current list of family phone numbers and e-mail addresses, including someone out of the area who may be easier to reach by e-mail if local phone lines are overloaded.
  • Pet supplies. Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, tags, medications, and vaccination information.
  • Map. Consider marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.