Emergency Supplies Kit

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days, so it’s important to be prepared. That means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Make sure your kit includes all the items on this checklist.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
First aid kit
Extra batteries
Whistle (to signal for help)
Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
Manual can opener (for food)
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes
Prescription and OTC medications and vitamins
Pain relievers, anti-diarrheal drugs, antacids, laxatives
Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, creams
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Cash or traveler’s checks
Important documents (insurance policies, ID, bank records, etc. saved electronically or in a waterproof container)
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Change of clothing and sturdy shoes
Fire extinguisher
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Disposable tableware, paper towels, utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles, activities for children

We have a handy guide you can refer to any time for a succinct overview of the emergency kits we’ve covered here.

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Keep Your Kit Handy & Maintained

Contents of an emergency supplies kit


Keep canned food in a cool, dry place. Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.


Keep your primary kit in a designated place, have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly, and make sure all family members know its location.


Re-think your needs every year, update your kit as your family’s needs change, and replace expired items.


Be prepared to shelter in place. Your work and car kits should include food, water, medications, and comfortable shoes in a “grab and go” case.

Shelter & Your Emergency Kits

Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, where you work, or other location when emergencies arise, such as during a tornado warning. This can mean: Stay-At-Home, Going to a Mass Care Shelter, or Sheltering in Place. Your emergency kits will come in handy in any of these situations.