Prepare Emergency Supply Kit

Tips for Making Your Kit

  • Keep loose items in airtight plastic bags.
  • Gather the kit's items in easy-to-carry containers or duffel bags. Put them within reach, near the exit you use most often.
  • Check and update your kit at least once a year.
Your Emergency Supply Kit should include 3 to 14 days supply of the following items:

The Basics

  • Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Manual can opener
  • Nonperishable foods*
  • Canned meat, fish, fruit,or vegetables
  • Bread in moisture proof packaging
  • Cookies, candy or dried fruit
  • Canned soups & nonperishable milk
  • Powdered or single serve drinks
  • Cereal or granola bars
  • Packaged ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant tea or coffee
  • Flashlight (1 per person) *
  • Portable battery powered lanterns
  • Large trash bags (lots of them)
  • Battery operated radio *
  • Extra batteries, including hearing aid batteries
  • First aid kit including aspirin, antibiotic cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen (45 SPF recommended)
  • Waterproof matches / butane lighter
  • Money *
  • Unscented bleach or water purification tablets (add 8 drops of bleach per gal.)
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it


  • Sterno fuel
  • Portable camp stove or grill w/ utensils
  • Stove fuel, charcoal w/ lighter fluid or propane
  • Disposable eating utensils, plates, cups
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts

Personal Supplies

  • Prescription medicines (1 month supply and copy of prescriptions) *
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toilet paper
  • Entertainment: books, games, toys and magazines *
  • Bedding: pillows, sleeping bag *
  • Change of clothing *
  • Rain ponchos and work gloves
  • Extra eye glasses or contacts

Important Documents *

  • Insurance documents
  • A list of all your important contacts (family, doctors, insurance agents)
  • Banking information
  • Leases / mortgage
  • Proof of occupancy (such as utility bill) *
  • Photo inventory of your personal belongings *
  • Waterproof container to keep the documents in


  • Disposable diapers *
  • Formula, food and medication *
  • Bottles and feeding utensils

Pet Supplies

  • Dry and/or canned food
  • ID tags and collars
  • Proof of recent immunizations
  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
  • Litter box and supplies
  • Carrying container

Other Necessities

  • Tool box
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher
  • Masking tape or duct tape
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Spray paint
  • Standard single line phone (that does not require electricity)
  • Local phone book
  • Roofing tarps or plastic sheeting

* If you are planning to evacuate to a Red Cross Evacuation Center, please be sure to take these items.