Building an Emergency Kit

 Emergency kit

Emergency kit should contain supplies for at least 72 hours

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends an emergency kit that is able to sustain you for up to 72 hours in an emergency. Basic utility services such as water, gas, and electricity may be cut off for several days or weeks following a disaster.

Remember to keep emergency kits in multiple locations. Certain populations of individuals may require additional items, such as seniors or individuals with functional and access needs.

The following is a list of recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

  • At least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods and one gallon of water per person per day
  • Foods that require no refrigeration or cooking
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Protein bars/crackers
  • Radio and flashlight, hand crank or battery powered
  • Extra batteries
  • Blankets
  • Cell phones with chargers
  • Change of clothing appropriate for the current climate
  • Pet food and water
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
Medical Supplies  
  • First aid kit
  • Latex or sterile gloves
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Soap and/or antibiotic wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you rely on every day and necessary medical supplies such as inhalers or glucose monitors
  • Scissors/tweezers
  • Social Security cards
  • Birth certificates
  • Driver’s license/passport
  • Bank account and insurance information