Get a Kit Image of YouTube icon that links to Get A Kit video in American Sign Language

Picture of Making a Kit including First Aid Kit, Back Pack, Flashlight

The time to put an emergency kit together is before a disaster.

An emergency kit is a container of items your family may need in or after an emergency. Most of the items can be found in your house.

It is important to put them in one place. Be sure every family member knows where the kit is kept.

You need to put enough water, food and supplies in your kit for three to seven day for each person and pet.

You may be on your own for hours or even days after a disaster. Fire fighters and police cannot always reach everyone quickly. Basic services like water, gas, power, sewage treatment and phones may be not work for many days or more.

Being ready for an emergency helps you and your family to survive. It also allows police, fire fighters and emergency medical workers to help those who need it most.

Basic Supplies Image of YouTube icon that links to Basic Supplies video in American Sign Language

Image of making a kit

An emergency supplies kit is simply a group of items your family may need in or after an emergency. You most likely have the items around the house. You just need to put them together in a box.

  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water
  • Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash and change
  • Books, games or cards

Unique Needs Image of YouTube icon that links to Unique Needs video in American Sign Language

You and your family members may have special needs. You need to plan for those needs when making your emergency supply kit.

For Baby:

  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Pacifier
  • Soap/Baby powder
  • Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Canned food and juices

For Adults:

  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Dentures

For people with Functional Needs:

  • Container for hearing aid/cochlear implant processor (to keep dry)
  • Extra batteries for hearing aid/choclear implant
  • Communication card explaining best way to communicate with you

First Aid Image of YouTube icon that links to First Aid video in American Sign Language

You should have basic first aid supplies on hand to help you if you have an injured family member or friend after an emergency. It is important to know how to treat minor injuries. Taking a first aid class is helpful too. Simply having a first aid kit can help you stop bleeding, avoid infection and assist in sanitization.

  • Two pairs of latex or other germ-free gloves (if you are allergic to latex)
  • Germ-free bandages to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towels
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Burn cream
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Non-prescription drugs:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Potassium Iodide (for those who live near nuclear plants; use only as ordered by the State Health Director)

Pets 

Image of YouTube Icon that links to Pets Video in American Sign Language

You need to have an emergency supplies kit for your pet. Keep this kit with the family kit. Make sure every person knows where the kit is kept. The Items below should go in your pet’s kit.

  • Canned or dry pet food
  • Water for 3 to 7 days
  • Food dishes
  • Muzzle, collar and leash
  • Immunization records
  • Identification tag (should contain pet name and phone number)
  • Current photos of your pets in case they become lost
  • Medicine your pet requires
  • Pet beds and toys
  • Pet carrier
  • Proper fitting muzzle

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