Emergency and Disaster Supply Kits
Build an Emergency or Disaster Supply Kit

All of us should take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including those from natural hazards and man-made disasters.  Individuals are encouraged to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and appropriate responses. 

Everyone should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive several days if an emergency occurs.   Create the kit by considering the unique needs of their family, including pets, for items to include. You should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.

Recommended Emergency or Disaster Supply Kit Items

  • Water and non-perishable food for several days 
  • Extra cell phone battery or charger
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio that can receive NOAA Weather Radio tone alerts and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Non-sparking wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Additional Items to Consider

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food, water and supplies for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a portable waterproof container
  • Cash and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book 
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies, personal hygiene items and hand sanitizer
  • Mess kits, Paper cups, plates and disposable utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Ready Kids

Does your school have a plan for tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters? Make plans for all disasters by visiting Ready Kids online: https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts