Build Your Kit
 Build Your Kit

Emergency supplies kits are a simple collection of basic items your household may need during a disaster or emergency. Assemble your kits well in advance. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you.

Keep at least two weeks of supplies in your home. Make yourself a list of the last second things you would need to grab in the event of an emergency. DO NOT wait until there is an emergency to search for things. PRE-PLAN!! Have smaller kits for work, for every family member, and pets.  Have a vehicle safety kit also.

Here are some checklists: 

2 WEEKS READY

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FEMA, the American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all provide checklists to help you get started, and many items they recommend overlap. Each agency offers a basic list, which includes water, food, a battery- or hand-powered radio with weather (NOAA), a flashlight, batteries and a first-aid kit.

 

The disaster supply kit should contain essential food, water and supplies for at least 2 weeks. Keep the kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. Additionally, consider having supplies for sheltering for up to two weeks.

Grab and Go

In case you need to evacuate quickly you need to prepare your “Grab & Go” kits. You can purchase a kit with basic supplies, but you will need to add extra food, water, clothing, cellphone & charger, power bank, important documents, and cash in small denominations. It is also very important to take your family’s medications with you. Make sure your kit is light enough to easily carry - consider using a backpack or rolling suitcase. You may not be able to put all the things you need in your Grab & Go Kit, so keep heavy, large, and bulky items in your vehicle; making them are part of your overall disaster supplies.

Have your child pack their own kit. Food, water, clothing, and flashlight are a must, but let them add things that are important to them. Remind them to keep it light, since they will be carrying it.

 

An infant will have specific needs too. If you are already carrying a backpack you might want to use a front carrier for your child or perhaps a small stroller for carrying both the child and its Grab & Go items.

Pets are an important part of your family. Their kit should include a carrier, food, water, leash, towels/blankets to keep them warm, and waste bags. Don’t forget your pet important documents: photos, name tag/license, vaccination records, medication list, and your vet’s contact information.

Work

The kit should be in one container and ready to “grab and go” in case you are evacuated from your workplace. Make sure you have food and water in the kit. Also, be sure to have comfortable walking shoes at your workplace in case an evacuation requires walking long distances. Office and personal kit supplies checklist

Car

In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables, ice scraper, fix it flat, shovel, sand and seasonal supplies. Car kit checklistA good driver is always prepared. Breakdowns can happen anytime, anywhere. In addition to having the necessary equipment handy to change a flat tire, there are some other items you should always have on hand. Here we'll teach you how to pack a roadside emergency kit to keep you safe. If the power goes out due to inclement weather, it's nearly impossible to get gas with just your credit card. Cash always works, so keep some safely tucked away in your car. Make sure to include a roadside assistance phone number.

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