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Emergency Supply Kits

Every household should have an emergency supply kit prepared before a disaster occurs and have it easily accessible in your home and car.  After an emergency you may be without help for several days so you must ensure that you have supplies at hand to get you through that time safely.  In the event of an evacuation you may need to take your supply kit with you.  Backpacks or duffle bags are perfect for storing emergency supplies and are quick and easy to grab.  Consider storing food and water supplies in a tub or wheeled carrier to make it easier to move, but don't overload it making it to heavy to lift into your car if necessary.  Be sure to store your food in a cool dry place and replace expired items as needed.  Review your kit annually and adjust it as necessary to stay up-to-date with your household needs.  

Basic Emergency Supply List

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food (include can opener if required)

  • Water - one gallon per day, per person (for drinking and sanitation)

  • Prescriptions or special medications

  • Change of clothes and sturdy shoes for each person

  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses

  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks

  • First aid kit

  • Flashlight

  • Battery-powered radio

  • Extra batteries

  • Phone charging cords and/or backup charging and batteries

  • Sanitation supplies (moist towelettes, garbage bags)

  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, insurance policies etc.)

  • Also - Remember to make your kit COVID safe and include mask/face coverings and sanitizer 


Consider including the following items in your supply kit based on your household needs: 

  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers and antacids

  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses

  • Baby formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and creams

  • Pet food, water and supplies

  • Sleeping bag or warm blankets for each person

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Matches 

  • Hygiene items and feminine supplies

  • Paper plates, cups, paper towels and plastic utensils

  • Paper and pencil

  • Books, games or other activities for children

In the event of an evacuation you will be faced with the dilemma of what personal items to take if time allows

Some items to consider: 

  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items

  • Computers, hard drives, thumb drives, disks and charging cords

  • Easily carried valuables and jewlery

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