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Your Emergency Kit

 

In a disaster you may be on your own for some period of time. Think about your family and what they will need to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Basic supplies include:

  • Non-perishable food and drinking water (plan on one gallon of water per person per day)

  • First aid kit and prescription medicine

  • Battery-powered radio and flashlight as well as extra batteries

  • NOAA weather radio

  • Whistle

  • Toiletries and sanitation supplies including toilet paper, soap, plastic garbage bags and disinfectant

  • Cash or traveler's checks

  • Basic hand tools (wrench, pliers, utility knife etc.)

  • Extra clothing and bedding

  • Copies of important documents

  • Cell phone and charger

  • Spare car keys along with local maps

 

Consider your family's needs and include special items for infants, elderly and family members with disabilities.

  • Formula and diapers

  • Games and toys for entertainment

  • Medical equipment and assistive devices, along with chargers and extra batteries. Label equipment with your name and contact information. 

  • Spare pair of glasses, hearing aid, cane or other essential items

  • Cooler and reusable ice pack if you will need to keep medications chilled

 

If you have service animals or pets include the following supplies in your emergency kit:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Medicine and medical records

  • Collar with ID tag

  • Harness or leash

  • Crate or pet carrier

  • Familiar items such as toys or bedding

  • Picture of you with your pet for identification purposes

 

Remember to rotate perishable items, such as water, food, first aid supplies and batteries regularly so your supplies are always fresh. For more information on emergency preparedness visit ReadyNova.org.