Once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. If you have assembled an emergency kit in advance, you can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
When preparing an emergency kit, remember:
- Gather enough supplies to last for three days.
- Place supplies in easy-to-carry containers such as plastic totes or duffle bags.
- Refresh supplies every six months or as needed.
- Store kits where they can be reached easily in case of emergency.
Every kit should contain these essential items:
- Battery-powered radio
- NOAA weather radio
- Fresh batteries
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Prescription medication
- Baby food and care products
- Non-perishable food and snacks
You should also consider adding these items:
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Change of clothes
- Extra money
- Extra set of car keys
- Hygiene products
- Non-electric can opener
- Pet food
- Plastic whistle
- Duct tape (for shelter-in-place)
- Plastic wrapping (for shelter-in-place)
- Scissors (for shelter-in-place)
- Towels (for shelter-in-place)
NOTE: Do not leave batteries in radios or flashlights, since this will cause them to go dead. Keep them separate until needed!