After a large disaster, households may need to rely on themselves and what they have on hand for up to two weeks. Having an emergency kit can help you take care of yourself and people around you during and after a disaster.
Tailoring an emergency kit to your household or situation will help you be even more prepared. When you are building your emergency kit ask yourself 'what does my household rely on every day? If we can't access those supplies like we usually do, how can we adapt?' This will help tailor your kit to your specific needs.
This list will help with basic supplies everyone should have in case of an emergency, but it is not a complete list.
Start with these basic disaster supplies that everyone should have. Make modified kits to have preparedness items at places like your workplace, school, or for bags that you might take on various outings.
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Add extra items to your kit based on special considerations for your household.
In case you get stranded or stuck, keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle. Think about the things you would want in case you had to spend a night in your car or leave your vehicle and walk somewhere safe. Be sure to include these items:
If you walk, bike or take transportation, make sure you consider carrying a few extra items with you in case of emergencies.
On top of having preparedness items at home, make sure you include a disaster go-bag at work as well! Keep these items in a place where you can easily access them and grab them when an emergency happens. Having these items will allow you to be more prepared in case of a disaster, as well as have a few items of comfort.
As you create your own household emergency kit, create one for pets as well! This list will help you get started:
See a downloadable version(PDF, 825KB)(PDF, 825KB) of this list with additional information. En español.(PDF, 233KB)
In addition to having your basic survival supplies, your emergency kit should contain items to help meet individual needs during an emergency. Consider the items you need on a daily basis and how you could build up extra supplies, substitute other supplies, or function with existing supplies during a disaster.
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Make sure your emergency kit is ready to use by maintaining and updating it regularly.
Disasters can strike no matter where you are, so keep a kit at home, at work, and in vehicles.
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