Emergency Supply Kit - What You Need
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An emergency or disaster can occur at any moment. To ensure that your basic needs are met in this time of crisis, an emergency supply kit can make a major difference.

More information on preparing for a disaster or an emergency can be found on at the Red Cross and the CDC.

Here's what you need to include:


  • One gallon per person, per day. (If possible have a 3-day supply for an evacuation and a 2-week supply for home use.) 
  • One gallon of water per person per day for cooking and personal hygiene is important as well.
  • Include water for your pets as well.


  • Select items that are non-perishable and easy to prepare. (If possible have a 3-day supply for an evacuation and a 2-week supply for home use.)
  • 3 of the best foods to have in your kit: canned tuna or sardines, boxed milk alternatives (soy, almond, hemp) and freeze-dried fruits and vegetables 
  • Be sure to include foods needed for babies and the elderly.
  • Manual can opener
  • Utensils to prep and serve meals - get a detailed list of emergency food supply suggestions and ideas here

Tools & Supplies

  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Multi-purpose tool (which can be used as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
  • Cell phone with chargers

Personal Care Items

  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items like soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, baby wipes
  • Well-stocked first aid kit
  • 7-day supply of medications
  • Emergency blanket


  • Make copies of important documents such as insurance cards, immunization records, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies

Also Good to Have in Your Kit

  • Extra cash
  • Maps of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof matches
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Rope
  • Tarp
  • Duct tape
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer