Preparing Your Emergency Kit


To prepare your family for an emergency, assemble one or more emergency kits that include enough
supplies for at least three days. Think of items that have multiple uses and are long lasting. Keep a kit
prepared at home and consider also having kits in your car, at
work and a portable version in your home ready to take with you.
These kits will enable you and your family to respond to an
emergency more quickly. Your various emergency kits will be
useful whether you have to shelter in place or evacuate.

What to Put in Your Basic Home Kit

• Necessary

 Water—at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days
 Food—nonperishable food for at least three days (select items that require no preparation, refrigeration or cooking such as high energy foods and ready-to eat canned meat, vegetables, fruit)
 Manual can opener (if the food is canned), preferably on a multi-tool
 Reusable plates, cups, utensils, saucepan (note, a metal bowl can double as a cup or plate)
 First aid kit
 Prescription medications and medical equipment/care aids
 N95- or N100-rated dust masks
 Personal sanitation supplies, such as moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
 Hand-crank or battery operated flashlight
 Hand-crank radio or battery operated cell phone charger
 All-hazards NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio
 Extra batteries at the size required
 Brightly colored plastic poncho (can be used as shelter, clothing or a marker)
 Weather appropriate clothing to keep your family warm and dry
 Cash in the local currency
 Any tools needed for turning off utilities
 Local maps and your family emergency plan
 Your command reporting information – know the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and
Assessment System (ADPAAS)
 Important documents, including will, medical and financial power of attorney, property documents,
medical instructions
 Emergency preparedness handbook

• Additional considerations

 Infant formula and diapers if you have young children
 Pets supplies, including food, water, medication, leash, travel case and documents
 Disinfectant
 Matches or flint in a waterproof container
 Sleeping bag or other weather-appropriate bedding for each person
 Coats, jackets and rain gear
 Fire extinguisher
 Paper and pencil
 Books, games, puzzles, toys and other activities for children
 Any items necessary for a specific type of disaster



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