Build a Kit

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A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

Household Kit

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Evacuation Kit

Assemble supplies that are ready for evacuation, both a “go-bag” you can carry when you evacuate on foot or public transportation and supplies for traveling by longer distances if you have a personal vehicle. Don't forget to plan for the five Ps in your evacuation kit:

  1. People (bring everything you'll need for 72 hours) 
  2. Pets (food, water, kennel, toys etc)
  3. Papers (like the deed to your home, insurance papers, birth certificates, telephone numbers etc) 
  4. Prescriptions 
  5. Photos that can't be replaced.

Vehicle Kit

You can becme stranded at any time so it is a good idea to keep an emergency supply kit in your car with these automobile extras:

  • Snacks and water
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Map
  • Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction)

Plan long trips carefully, listening to the radio or television for the latest weather forecasts and road conditions. If bad weather is forecast, drive only if absolutely necessary.