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Emergency Supply Kit

Remember these simple tips when 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.

The items below should last you three to 14 days.

Items with an asterisk (*) are to be taken with you if you are planning to evacuate to a Red Cross Evacuation Center.

  • The Basics

    • Drinking water (one 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 and 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 (one per person) *
    • Portable battery powered lanterns
    • Large trash bags
    • 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
    • Maps of the area with landmarks on it
  • Cooking

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

    • Prescription medicines (one-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 eyeglasses 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 store the documents
  • Baby and Pet Supplies

    • Disposable diapers *
    • Formula, food and medication *
    • Bottles and feeding utensils
    • Dry and/or canned food
    • Manual can opener
    • Bowls for food and water to attach to the cage/carrier
    • ID tags and collars
    • Proof of recent immunizations
    • Water (half-gallon per day)
    • Litter box and supplies
    • Litter scooper
    • Carrying container
    • Plastic poop bags
  • 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

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