Get a Kit
Why keep an emergency kit?
By gathering supplies in an all-hazards supply kit, you will be better prepared to care for your family in case of emergency.
Ideally, your kit will contain what you need to survive for three days in case of evacuation, and a two-week supply to shelter-in-place at home.
What should I include in my emergency kit?
It depends on the needs of your family. You may want to include:
· Water — one gallon per person, per day
· Food— non-perishable, easy to prepare items
· Can opener
· Battery powered or hand crank radio with extra power
· First aid kit
· Medications, vitamins
· Personal hygiene – toilet paper, hand sanitizer, etc.
· Copies of personal documents (insurance policies, proof of address etc.)
· Cell phone charger
· Extra cash
· Emergency blanket, extra clothes
· Plastic sheeting and duct tape for sealing windows and doors
· Pet supplies
· Games and comfort items for children
· Diapers and wipes
· Formula for babies
· Cultural supplies
· Extra set of car and house keys
· Surgical mask
Your emergency kit should be personalized to meet your needs. Think about what you would need to shelter in place for two weeks. Include those things!
Make a Plan
Have a plan for how to communicate during an emergency and where to meet if separated.
Establish two meeting places.
· One right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency.
· One outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.
If you live in a flood hazard area…
· Know where and when to evacuate.
· Practice your evacuation route.
Know how to stay in touch with family.
· Write down contact information for local family including personal and work/school addresses and telephone numbers.
· Establish an out-of-area contact for each family member to contact to communicate their well-being.
Don’t forget to plan for pets.
· If you have a pet, consider their needs when making your kit.
· Be ready to evacuate with your pet – have a pet carrier ready.
· Plan with neighbors, family or friends to evacuate your pets if you are unable to get home.
Expect telephone communication to be difficult; texting may be an option if cell phone calls will not work.