Make a Kit

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

In the event you need to evacuate at a moment's notice and take the essentials with you, or if you need to shelter in place, you probably won't have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you and your family will need.  Every household should assemble a disaster supplies kit and keep it up-to-date.

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items a family would probably need to stay safe and more comfortable during and after a disaster.  Disaster supplies kit items should be stored in a portable container.  Review the contents of the kit at least once per year or as your family needs change.  Also, consider having emergency supplies in each vehicle and at your place of employment.

Living in a cold climate, you must think about warmth.  It is possible that you will not have heat during or after a disaster.  Think about your clothing and bedding needs.  Be sure to include one set of the following for each person: jacket or coat, long pants and long-sleeve shirt, boots, hat, mittens, and scarf, and a sleeping bag or warm blanket.

How to maintain your kit.

Kit Locations

Home Work Car
Your disaster supplies kit should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least 3 days.

Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly.  Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

Additionally, you may want to consider having supplies for sheltering in place for up to two weeks.
This kit should be in one container, and ready to "grab and go" in case you are evacuated from your work place.

Make sure you have food and water in the kit.  Also, be sure to have comfortable walking shoes at your work place in case an evacuation requires walking long distances.

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In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

See the list of supplies below for more information.


What to Put in Your Disaster Supplies Kit.

The following is a basic list of supplies for your kit:

Three-day supply of water
(one gallon of water per person, per day)
Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries First aid kit and manual
Sanitation and hygiene items 
(hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, and toilet paper)
Special needs items
(prescription medications, 
eye glasses, contact lens solution, etc.)
Matches in a waterproof container Whistle
Cash Extra clothing and blankets
Photo copies of identification and credit cards Other items to meet your family needs 
(infant supplies, etc.)
Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils Manual can opener
Tools Maps
Pet supplies  


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Supplies for Your Vehicle Kit 

  • Supplies for your vehicle include:
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Maps
  • First aid kit and manual
  • White distress flag
  • Tire repair kit
  • Booster/Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Bottled water and non-perishable energy foods (granola bars, etc.)
  • Seasonal supplies
    • Winter - blankets, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, tire chains,
    • windshield scraper, florescent distress flag
    • Summer - sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or greater), shade items
    • (umbrella, wide brimmed hat, etc.)

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