A resilient community is one that is prepared to deal with any type of emergency or disaster. One of the best ways to be prepared is to start gathering emergency supplies.
An Emergency Supplies Kit should contain items you may need if you have to leave your home for whatever reason or are told you must evacuate for your safety. Ideally, it is recommended that you keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days, but ideally, if you have the means, for two weeks.
Plan to store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags, small covered tubs or small covered trash containers.
Items to include in a Grab-n-Go Kit:
- A three-day supply of water (ideally one gallon per person per day) and food that won't spoil
- One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
- A first aid kit that includes your family's prescription medications
- A NOAA weather/disaster radio, and plenty of extra batteries
- A flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
- An extra set of car keys, cash and traveler's checks
- Sanitation supplies, such as toilet paper, feminine pads, wipes and more
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
- For those who wear glasses or contacts, extra pair of glasses/contacts and appropriate cleaners/solutions
- Important family documents
- If applicable: pet food, water, medications and blanket/bed
For more information on building and maintaining a kit, please visit Ready.gov. Be sure to review the links on the left side of the page to get additional information.