Pack an emergency supply kit. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Food and Water
- Water—one gallon per person, per day
- Food—easy-to-make and won’t spoil
- Manual can opener
- Battery powered, solar, or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Extra batteries
- Health and safety supplies
- First aid kit
- Medicine (7-day supply), other medical supplies, and paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition. Keep phone numbers for your local pharmacy handy as well.
- Emergency blanket
- Soap, toothbrush, and other personal care items
- A multi-purpose tool or basic tool kit
You should also keep:
Copies of important documents such as insurance cards, immunization records, etc.
If a disaster strikes our community, you may not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. You should have emergency kits for your home, office, school, and car. Here are some steps you can take to help your family stay safer and healthier during and after a disaster.
- Extra cash (ATM and credit card machines may not be working, especially during power outages)
- Map(s) of the area
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
If you have babies, children, pets, or someone with special medical needs in your family, you should add:
- Medical supplies (e.g., hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, or a cane) Baby supplies (e.g., bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (Pets should not be left at home if you need to evacuate.)
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, pack the items in easy-to-carry containers. Clearly label the containers, and store them where you can reach them easily. In a disaster situation, you may need to get your emergency supply kit quickly – whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating. Make sure to check expiration dates on food, water, medicine, and batteries throughout the year. Your kit should be kept in a water-proof container with a lid. Keep your emergency kit fresh and ready to use.
Involving children in gathering supplies and getting ready is the first step in helping them know what to do in an emergency.
If you need to evacuate, take your emergency kit with you. If you are instructed to shelter-in-place, take your kit into your safe room with you and your family.