Prepare: Make a Kit

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All residents should have supplies on hand sufficient for at least three days following an emergency.

If you already have a kit of emergency preparedness supplies you are encouraged to check and test them periodically. 

An emergency preparedness kit should also be customized to individual and family needs and where it will be stored/used:


  • Go over your emergency kit and check expiration dates every 6 months (use daylight savings time) as a reminder.
  • Consider taking safety training, such as CPR, First Aid and AED.
  • Carry-on luggage (with wheels) is useful for storing and transporting heavy emergency kits.

Recommended Emergency Kit Items

  • First-aid kit
  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
  • Food (at least three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone and chargers
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents (insurance policies, identification and bank account records)
  • Emergency reference materials (such as first-aid book)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Change of clothing
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Food supplies, such as mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Cash

Recommended First Aid Kit Items

  • Sterile gloves, such as latex gloves
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent - soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Eye wash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take daily such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Laxative

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