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Emergency Management

Build a Kit

Why a kit is needed

After an emergency, responders may be delayed in providing assistance to individuals. It is important to have supplies for everyone in your household for at least 72 hours.

What to include in a kit

A basic preparedness kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water– one gallon per person per day for at least 72 hours for drinking and sanitation 
  • Water should be stored in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles or plastic milk jugs. Avoid containers that can break, such as glass bottles 
  • Food– at least 72 hours’ worth of non-perishable food 
  • Manual can opener 
  • First aid kit 
  • Prescription medications, eyeglasses, and contact lens solution 
  • Non-prescription medications– pain relivers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, laxatives, etc. 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation) 
  • Personal hygiene items 
  • Feminine supplies and hygiene items 
  • Infant formula and diapers 
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup battery 
  • Flashlight 
  • Extra batteries 
  • Battery powered NOAA Weather Radio 
  • Whistle– to signal for help 
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels 
  • Local maps 
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet(s) 
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes 
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person 
  • Cash or traveler’s checks 
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container 
  • Family emergency contact information, both local and out of town 
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Plastic Sheeting and duct tape (to case of shelter in place) 
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)  
  • Multipurpose tool 
  • Matches in a waterproof container 
  • Dust mask– to help filter contaminated air 
  • Paper and pencil 
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children 
  • Special items for elderly or disabled family members 

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